Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site (Fort Davidson)

Ft Davidson crater

Interior of Fort Davidson with crater from magazine explosion

118 E Maple, Pilot Knob MO 63663

The battle here Sept 27, 1864, was the first during Confederate Gen. Sterling Price’s raid into Missouri. Price launched several unsuccessful attacks against a small Union garrison holed up in Fort Davidson before the outnumbered Union force evacuated the fort, blowing up the powder magazine. The costly attacks and the delay here caused Price’s offensive to stumble out the gate and allowed time for Union forces to react.

Visitor center open daily 10 am–4 pm mid-April–November. Closed Monday other times. Self-guided trail through the remains of the fort begins here.