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

The Battle of Pilot Knob

September 27, 1864

 
 
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By Homer Swain, September 24, 2010
1. The Battle of Pilot Knob Marker
Inscription. In September of 1864 Major General Sterling Price and a 12,000 man army re-entered Missouri in a forlorn effort to regain the state for the Confederacy. On September 27th they laid siege to Fort Davidson. The defenders, though greatly outnumbered, repulsed the initial assaults and escaped that evening. The effort was costly for the Confederate forces however, and hundreds of them lie buried here, known only to God. They made the supreme sacrifice for the principles in which they believed. A few Union soldiers are interred here also. Whatever transgressions existed on either side, let the passage of time bury amid the ruins of the past; but whatever was noble and honorable it is our sacred duty to transmit to succeeding generations. Let no man asperse the memory of our sacred dead. They were patriots who died for the constitutional principals and the liberties guaranteed them as American. Peace be unto their ashes and honor to their spirits.
 
Erected by Sterling Price Camp #145 and the Missouri Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
 
Location. 37° 37.152′ N, 90° 38.398′ 
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By Homer Swain, September 24, 2010
2. Back Inscription
W. Marker is in Pilot Knob, Missouri, in Iron County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Pilot Knob MO 63663, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Moat (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (about 400 feet away); The Doomed Assault (about 500 feet away); Fort Davidson (about 500 feet away); The Struggle for the Mountains (about 600 feet away); The Fight for Ironton (about 600 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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Davidson and Battle of Pilot Knob by Markers
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Battle of Pilot Knob Marker image. Click for full size.
By Homer Swain, September 24, 2010
3. The Battle of Pilot Knob Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 666 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on October 29, 2016.
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