Every third year a full-scale reenactment
of the Battle of Pilot Knob is staged, attracting
tens of thousands of spectators to the Valley. Be sure
to make your plans to attend the next two re-enactments scheduled
during the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations.
We suggest that you make your lodging
reservations early for the reenactments.
The towns of Pilot Knob, Ironton and Arcadia were of strategic
importance as the southern terminus of the St. Louis & Iron
Mountain Railroad. Union soldiers occupied Pilot Knob,
the Arcadia Valley region and Black River area throughout the
war. Fort Davidson, the target of the Battle
of Pilot Knob in 1864, is a hexagonal earthwork constructed
by the Union Army and stands 300 yards from the base of Pilot
Knob Mountain. The assault on Fort Davidson by Confederate
troops left 1,300 soldiers dead, missing or wounded. The fort
and site are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
To read a more detailed account of the Battle
of Pilot Knob and to see Fort Davidson Historic Site and Museum,
Pilot Knob State Historic Site at Fort Davidson
serves as a memorial to those who gave their lives on the battlefield
and the Visitor's Center provides detailed information about
the battle through the use of artifacts, a diorama, and film.
Additionally, a self-guided driving tour around the towns of
Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob, directs visitors to some of
the most significant points on the battlefields. Each
stop is marked by a red granite monument. There
are many civil war historic sites in our region. Please
take our website
tour of these Civil War Sites and then download the driving
tour so you'll see everything while visiting our region.