News Release 032

Civil War event scheduled March 17 at Fort Davidson State Historic Site

Volume 39-032 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Learn about the Civil War in Missouri at a living history event Saturday, March 17, at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, Friends of Fort Davidson 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 spring drill and there will be ongoing small arms and artillery drill throughout the day. The re-enactors will be in Civil War costumes 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 for the summer and fall battle campaign season.

Although this year’s event will focus on military training and not on battle re-enactments, the event will provide the public with a sampling of what to expect during the 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Pilot Knob to be held Sept. 27-28, 2014.

Fort Davidson State Historic Site, located on Highway 221 in Pilot Knob, preserves the remains of an earthen fortification that played a key role in the Battle of Pilot Knob in September 1864. For more information, contact Fort Davidson State Historic Site at 573-546-3454. For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, go to Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.