Postponed: 156th Anniversary of Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment

9/26/2020 to 9/27/2020 | Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site | Pilot Knob, MO

This event has been postponed to Sept. 25-26, 2021. 

With the public's safety in mind, all of the cooperating groups, including Missouri State Parks, Friends of Fort Davidson and Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce, have agreed that the 2020 Battle of Pilot Knob Reenactment will be postponed to Sept. 25-26 2021. The cooperating groups responsible for putting on this event are fully committed to holding the event in 2021 and have already begun the process for moving the event to the new date. We look forward to hosting this outstanding event next September. Missouri State Parks will continue to monitor public health data related to COVID-19 and make the best possible informed decisions for the public safety. ​

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic site will host the 156th anniversary reenactment of the historic Civil War Battle that took place at the site in September of 1864. Twelve thousand Confederate troops under Gen. Sterling Price, former governor of Missouri, attacked Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob, which was defended by Brig. Gen. Ewing and 1,500 regular Army, Missouri Home Guard and civilian volunteers. 

The event is free and open to the public. There will be historic and modern vendors as well as several food vendor options.

Activities Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 26

  • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. – Public is invited to visit Union and Confederate encampments and learn about the life of a Civil War soldier
  • 1:30 p.m. – Battle reenactment
  • 8:30 p.m. – Fort powder magazine explosion reenactment
  • Periodic demonstrations of military tactics and marching will take place during the day.

Sunday, Sept. 27

  • 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Public is invited to visit Union and Confederate encampments and learn about the life of a Civil War soldier
  • 1:30 p.m. – Battle reenactment
  • Periodic demonstrations of military tactics and marching will take place in the morning.

For more information about this event, contact Bryan Bethel or Brick Autry at 573-546-3454.

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site is located at:

118 East Maple, Pilot Knob, MO | (573) 546-3454

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs