Battle of Pilot Knob presents ‘After the Battle’

tate Historic Site and experience its rotating exhibit  of artifacts relating to the site. Many of these original artifacts have never been displayed until now. Each exhibit will be on display for two months.

During January and February, visit the “After the Battle” display, which shares life after the battle when Union Forces reoccupied Fort Davidson in October 1864. The Union soldiers manning the fort kept busy repairing and refitting wagons and other equipment being used in the war effort. They also performed a unique type of blacksmithing, shoeing oxen. Several artifacts pertaining to this and other activities the soldiers conducted will be on display, and staff will be on hand to answer questions and interpret the artifacts.


Upcoming displays:



“Why this Valley?” depicts how natural resources influenced settlers to stay and make a home in the valley.


“Dropped and Found” displays a variety of items that were dropped during the heat of battle and then found later.


“Guess what this is” gives visitors a chance to view several unique items pertaining to the battle and the history of the valley. They can then venture a guess as to what they are and what the items  were used for.


“Before the Fort” highlights Native American life in the valley before European settlement.


“Remembering the Past” features battle participant reunions and picnics which kept the memory of the battle alive. This exhibit also shows the development of the museum and the prior reenactments.


This rotating exhibit event will offer an incentive for visitors to experience all six of the exhibits over the 2019 season. The site will have an event passport card for visitors to get signed by staff at each of the exhibits. The first five people to turn in their completed passport form will receive a VIP pass to the September 2020 reenactment. The pass will include VIP seating and parking at the event as well as other incentives.   

Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic site is located in southeast Missouri at 118 E. Maple St., Pilot Knob. For more information about the event, call the site at 573-546-3454.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.