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Fort Davidson State Historic Site

118 E. Maple, Pilot Knob, MO 63663
+1 573-546-3454
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This small but interesting museum documents the Thermopylae of the Civil War where Sterling Price... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Quincy, IL
via mobile
If you are a civil war buff you should go.

They do a good job of showing the battles for the Fort. Also, there is a museum right on the... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Gerry D
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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The Confederates under Gen. Sterling Price may have taken the fort, but Union efforts at Fort Davidson in the Battle of Pilot Knob were crucial to blunting the last Confederate offensive into Missouri. Fort Davidson State Historic Site preserves and interprets the running battle through the Arcadia Valley. The site’s open, grassy fields include the fort’s old earthworks, two Confederate burial trenches, and a visitor center with a narrated story of the battle and its context within the Civil War.
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  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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118 E. Maple, Pilot Knob, MO 63663
+1 573-546-3454
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

This small but interesting museum documents the Thermopylae of the Civil War where Sterling Price made a very bad decision to attack a Union Fort with 1200 soldiers with his 14,000 troops. The feds mowed down 1000 confederates before slipping away in the middle of...More

Thank vdempsey
Reviewed 23 October 2017

They do a good job of showing the battles for the Fort. Also, there is a museum right on the property.

Thank Gerry D
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Site of one of the larger Civil War battles in the trans-Mississippi region, Fort Davidson has maintained the earthen fort well and there is a small, but nice interpretation center. 20 minute movie places the battle in perspective and provides a nice overview; illuminated map...More

Thank LMOverby
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The battlefield is small but the history is still interesting. I only rated poor due to the staff at visitor center didn't seem to want to be bothered. They didn't even bother to say hello when we walked in.

1  Thank Michael N
Reviewed 11 July 2017

For anyone who loves history or has family that fought in the Civil War, this place is great. Enjoy a video about the Fort. It showcases the local history from that time. For people that love re-enactments, every September they do the Battle of Pilot...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Some reviewers refer to this as a "small" monument/museum, but it's quite large once you take the time to walk the grounds, read the step-by-step path each side took to reach and fight at Pilot Knob and consider the very-full burial trenches after only two...More

Thank EHambone
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Nestled in the beautiful Arcadia Valley, the Fort Davidson State Park is very unique. You can actually go into the crater like fort and see what it was like when the battle began. Truly rich in history, and a beautiful area to visit.

Thank JustJak
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Really nice museum, tells a great story of a relatively small and obscure battle of the Civil War. Very interesting, worth seeing.

Thank Breaktrack1
Reviewed 22 February 2017

The Battle of Pilot Knob battle grounds Fort Davidson and museum was very interesting and very informative.The museum is free and unguided inside and outside. The person at the counter was very knowledgeable and very friendly. And right next to Fort Davidson is a nice...More

1  Thank mamacindysue
Reviewed 23 January 2017

I went here alone so I could take it all in - lots of pictures and artifacts - unguided - easy. You can stroll the actual battelfield imagining the carnage, the screams, the horror. If you ever think war was a good idea you'll leave...More

2  Thank Johnny D
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