The next Battle of Pilot Knob re-enactment will be held on September 23 & 24, 2017. The last re-enactment was held in
during the civil war sesquicentennial. Friends of Fort Davidson, is actively seeking and accepting applications for the event’s food vendors, craft vendors and Civil War sutlers. Download these information packets for the 2017 re-enactment:
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 re-enactment on September 23 & 24, 2017. We suggest that you make your lodging reservations very 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.
Fort Davidson and the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site 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.