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Pilot Knob in Iron County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Powder Magazine

 
 
The Powder Magazine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
1. The Powder Magazine Marker
Inscription. This crater marks the site of the powder magazine. The underground structure was 40 feet long, 12 feet high and 12 feet wide. It was covered with 15 feet of earth to protect it. The powder magazine held some 20 tons of gunpowder and ammunition during the battle.

At midnight, the defenders silently evacuated the fort. They pile equipment they could not take against the magazine and laid the Union dead nearby. An hour later a party of volunteers lit a fuse to the magazine and galloped for safety.

“... suddenly the heavens were lighted up by a grand column of fire ascending hundreds of feet and making the whole region reverberate with a sound as though a mighty thunderbolt had riven Pilot Knob ”
- Col. Thomas C. Fletcher, 47th Missouri Volunteer Infantry


The startled Confederates did not realize that the fort had been evacuated. Maj. Gen. Price presumed that an accident had ignited the magazine and that the fort would surrender in the morning.
 
Erected by Missouri State Parks.
 
Location. 37° 37.191′ N, 90° 38.399′ W. Marker is in Pilot Knob, Missouri, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from Maple Street (State Highway 221) 0.1 miles east of McCune Street
Marker Inside Remains of Fort Davidson image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
2. Marker Inside Remains of Fort Davidson
, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on an interpretive trail in the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site; the above directions are to the driveway entrance to the visitor center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Maple St, Pilot Knob MO 63663, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Moat (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Pilot Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Pilot Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doomed Assault (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Davidson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Struggle for the Mountains (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fight for Ironton (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pilot Knob.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes illustrations of a cross-section of the powder magazine and Fort Davidson as it would have appeared at the time of the battle Sept. 26-27, 1864.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Davidson State Historic Site. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
The Powder Magazine Marker in 2010 image. Click for full size.
By Homer Swain, September 24, 2010
3. The Powder Magazine Marker in 2010

1. Marker Replacement
The marker was replaced sometime after 2010. Only minor changes were made to the graphic layout of the marker and the inscription text.
    — Submitted October 28, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Pit Where Powder Magazine Stood image. Click for full size.
By Homer Swain, September 24, 2010
4. Pit Where Powder Magazine Stood
Marker near Explosion Crater image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
5. Marker near Explosion Crater
The Interior of Fort Davidson image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
6. The Interior of Fort Davidson
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on October 28, 2016.
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