Pilot Knob in Iron County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Battle of Pilot Knob
Pilot Knob Mountain
Pilot Knob Mountain
September 27, 1864
1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Location. 37° 37.163′ N, 90° 38.315′ 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 Fort Davidson State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Pilot Knob MO 63663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of Pilot Knob (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Powder Magazine (about 400 feet away); Fort Davidson (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (approx. 1.6 miles away).
From the sign below the cannon on display at the museum:
This iron six-pounder filed gun is believed to be one of two Confederate cannons emplaced on Shephard's Mountain during the Battle of Pilot Knob. After opening fire on Fort Davidson, this piece was dismounted while the other cannon was hauled away to escape Federal fire. The dismounted gun could not be retrieved from the mountain and was abandoned.
In the early 1900s, loggers found the gun and dragged it to a farm near Pilot Knob. In 1967, St. Louis Civil War enthusiast John L. Wagner learned about the gun, purchased it and restored it for use in reenactments. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources acquired this unique artifact from Wagner for display in the visitor center planned for Fort Davidson State Historic Site.
Missouri State Museum researchers believe that this gun belonged to Capt. H.C. Hynson's Texas Battery. The barrel is not typical of Civil War artillery, but is similar to the U.S. Model 1831 iron six-pounder. The 65-inch barrel has a bore of 3.675 inches and was found to be loaded with two six-pound solid shot. According to an eyewitness, the gun was dismounted by a shot from a Federal 32-pounder siege gun that killed and wounded 12 men.
— Submitted November 27, 2010,
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