Pilot Knob in Iron County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Powder Magazine
At midnight, the defenders silently evacuated the fort. Equipment that could not be taken was piled against the magazine and the Union dead were laid 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..."
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.
Location. 37° 37.188′ N, 90° 38.4′ W. Marker is in Pilot Knob, Missouri, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Maple Street (Missouri Highway 221), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Fort Davidson State Historical Site. Marker is in this post office area: Pilot Knob MO 63663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Battle of Pilot Knob (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Davidson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (approx. 1.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Fort Davidson State Historic Site. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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