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

Battle of Pilot Knob

September 26-27, 1864

 
 
Battle of Pilot Knob Marker image. Click for full size.
By Homer Swain, September 25, 2010
1. Battle of Pilot Knob Marker
Left side stone.
Inscription. (Left Side):
Battle of Pilot Knob
September 26-27, 1864
A section of Montgomery's Battery, two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles, under Lt. Simonton, helped drive the rebels back into Shut-In Gap and held them there until fighting ceased at sunset on the 26th. Early the next morning, Simonton's guns, positioned in front of the courthouse, fired at the attacking rebels. Rebel cannon responded by firing into Ironton and hitting the court house. The two guns that you see here are identical to Simonton's.

(Right Side):
Battle of Pilot Knob
Iron County Courthouse
September 26, 1864.
2:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Pvt. Rector of the 3rd M.S.M. was killed in front of the courthouse. Co. E., 47th Missouri, firing from the courthouse, killed the rebel who shot Rector. They were the first to die in the battle. A cavalry detachment led by Major Wilson drove the rebels back to Shut-In Gap. Fighting ended at sunset. On the 2nd day rebel artillery fired into Ironton and hit the courthouse. The imprint of one of the shells can still be seen in its facade.
 
Location. 37° 35.866′ N, 90° 37.667′ W. Marker is in Ironton, Missouri, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Wayne Street, on the right when
Battle of Pilot Knob — Montgomery's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
2. Battle of Pilot Knob — Montgomery's Battery Marker
Left (South) Side Stone Marker
traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Iron County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Ironton MO 63650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. VFW Post 5527 Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); War In The Arcadia Valley (a few steps from this marker); Iron County - The "Birthplace of 4-H" in Missouri (a few steps from this marker); General Grant Commission Commemorative (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ironton.
 
More about this marker. The markers are two of 16 Missouri red granite historical markers interpreting the Battle of Pilot Knob and are Markers #5 and #6 on the Battle of Pilot Knob Driving Tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Damage to Courthouse. Flickr photo highlighting the damaged section of courthouse. (Submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site. The official website of this state park.
Battle of Pilot Knob — Iron County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
3. Battle of Pilot Knob — Iron County Courthouse Marker
Right (North) Side Stone Marker
(Submitted on October 26, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 

3. Tour: The Battle of Pilot Knob. A detailed virtual tour of the battle from The Civil War Muse. (Submitted on October 26, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Right Side Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Homer Swain, September 25, 2010
4. Right Side Stone Marker
Marker Stones and Cannons image. Click for full size.
By Homer Swain, September 25, 2010
5. Marker Stones and Cannons
The guns are 3-inch Ordnance Rifles produced by Phoenix Iron Works of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania in 1862. They are registry numbers 328 and 382.
Marker Stones and Cannons image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
6. Marker Stones and Cannons
View from left (south) to right (north)
Iron County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
7. Iron County Courthouse
View to west across Main Street
Cannonball Damage on Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
8. Cannonball Damage on Courthouse
Damage from a Civil War cannonball is visible at the bottom of the trim between the second floor and attic
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 649 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on October 26, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4, 5. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on October 26, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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