News Release 126

Living history event planned April 10 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Volume 38-126 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 17, 2010 – A Civil War living history event will be held on Saturday, April 10 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Turner Brigade, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

The Turner Brigade is a Union Civil War re-enacting group made up of infantry, artillery, cavalry and civilian units. The event will begin with muster and a spring drill.  There will be ongoing small arms and artillery drills throughout the day. The re-enactors will be in Civil War costume throughout the day and portray life in military and refugee camps at the time.  Spring was traditionally the time during the war when units would reorganize after a long winter. They would train and drill as they prepared themselves for the summer and fall battle campaign seasons. Their training would have been much the same as will be portrayed during this living history event.

Although smaller than a re-enactment, the event will give the public a sampling of what to expect during a re-enactment. The 146th anniversary of the Battle of Pilot Knob will be re-enacted on Sept. 25-26, 2010, at the historic site.

For more information, contact Fort Davidson State Historic Site at 573-546-3454 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, go to