Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Fort Davidson State Historic Site, Pilot Knob

Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Fort Davidson State Historic Site
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Historic Sites • Battlefields
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The Confederates under Gen. Sterling Price may have taken the fort, but Union efforts at Fort Davidson in the Battle of Pilot Knob were crucial to blunting the last Confederate offensive into Missouri. Fort Davidson State Historic Site preserves and interprets the running battle through the Arcadia Valley. The site’s open, grassy fields include the fort’s old earthworks, two Confederate burial trenches, and a visitor center with a narrated story of the battle and its context within the Civil War.
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blueman66
Steamboat Springs, CO600 contributions
Oct 2021
we stopped here and it was very cool, the museum had alot of neat stuff, the worker there were very nice and helpful
Written November 2, 2021
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Sherry C
Annapolis, MD339 contributions
Oct 2021
Well laid out walking tour and battlefield logistics of Pilot Knob battle with history of Fort Davidson.
Written October 24, 2021
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Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO827 contributions
Apr 2021
This is a very informative historic site with a very good Visitor Center that gives the visitor an understanding of the Battle of Pilot Knob. The movie is an excellent way to introduce oneself to the battle. There are some artifacts on display, personal stories, and an overview of General Price's failed foray through Missouri in late 1864. The remains of Fort Davidson are easy to access, with good signage. Several visitors were in Union uniforms that day. The site is right off a main road, easy to get to. Definitely worth a trip. I should note that staff wore masks, but almost no one else did.
Written April 18, 2021
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Nathan T
6 contributions
Mar 2021
Not sure if the visitors center was open when we visited (we went later in the day), but we still had a great time touring the battlefield. There was a series of several explanatory signs that walked you through each stage of the battle. Among other things, they described how other landforms and landmarks that we saw in the area played into the battle. You also get to walk into the earthen fort itself and look out from the cannon emplacements. Without counting the visitors' center, you can easily see the whole place in 30 minutes, but there's also plenty of room for kids to run around and a number of picnic shelters off the parking lot east of the visitors center.
Written March 31, 2021
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Rod D
Charleston, MO71 contributions
Oct 2020
The museum is informative with many interesting Civil War items. The movie gives not only information about the fort and the Battle of Pilot Knob, but also about the settlement and growth of the area. Seeing the earthworks fort is something unlike my family had ever seen. The movie kept referring to soldiers from both the Union and the Confederacy as heroes for fighting for what they believed in, as if the Civil War was a neutral war caused only by a difference of opinions and not a clear delineation of right and wrong. This is the only thing I did not like about this place. There is a park with picnic tables, grills, restroom facilities, and playground equipment that adjoins this property.
Written January 10, 2021
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Mike B
Saint Peters, MO62 contributions
Oct 2020
Visitor center was closed when we were there, but still enjoyed our time there. Signs were informative of the history. I would recommend reading about the battle before going to get a better idea of what happened. I'm glad I did.
Written October 16, 2020
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Peorian
Peoria, IL21 contributions
May 2020
Enjoyed reading the several informative signs telling the history of the Civil War battles that occurred in the area of Pilot Knob. Remains of mound fort where Federal troops snuck out at night and blew up the fort surrounded by Confederate troops. Worth stopping at for half on hour if you are in the area and interested in American history. Two cannon on site and visitors center.
Written May 26, 2020
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Monica58860
Dousman, WI1,279 contributions
Sep 2019
Missouri was a border state in the bloody Civil War. The fight that took place here was an important part of keeping it in the Union. Walking over to the old fort from the museum isn't far. All the earthworks are still pretty much there. Descriptive signs could use some help but just going to the museum should make it pretty clear what happened in the area. Highly recommend this out of the way museum and site. The drive down from St. Louis was beautiful and really not that long. There is an entrance fee for the museum. If you go down the road a bit you will find markers for the location that General Grant received the news of his promotion to General of the Army..love the obscure
Written March 3, 2020
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jgrichardson19
Middle Brook, MO17 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
A very educational and tranquil experience. A good place for family outing. The re-enactment is a must see. A great family activity.
Written February 11, 2020
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teridGA
Augusta, GA94 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had been at the Missouri Mines park and drove over to check out this site, too. We arrived within an hour of closing so we watched the movie (GREAT!), toured the small museum then went out to walk the grounds of the fort itself. The (perimeter) of the fort was much smaller than we'd anticipated. In the center, all these years later, you can still see the hole left when the powder magazine was exploded. There was no admission fee but they do have a donation collection box. Your visit can be completed in an hour or, if you choose, several hours long. Stop by! You won't regret doing so.
Written November 2, 2019
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