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

The Moat

 
 
The Moat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
1. The Moat Marker
Inscription. A dry moat surrounded Fort Davidson and all sides. During the third and final desperate Confederate assault, Arkansas troops of Gen. William Cabell’s brigade fought their way into the dry moat and prepared to climb the wall. Hand grenades were brought from the powder magazine to drive them out.

“... we rushed back to the banquette with the grenades and passed them to the men in front, with orders to throw them into the ditch. Pandemonium instantly broke loose … men were blown above the parapet and fell back dead; the ditches were cleared as if by magic. It struck terror to the enemy’s lines, and they fell back in disorder …”
- Capt. William J. Campbell, 14th Iowa Volunteer Infantry


Confederate officers blamed the failure of the assault on the depth of the moat and the steepness of the fort walls.
 
Erected by Missouri State Parks.
 
Location. 37° 37.204′ N, 90° 38.397′ 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. Touch 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
Marker in Front of the Dry Moat image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
2. Marker in Front of the Dry Moat
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 Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Pilot Knob (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fight for Ironton (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Pilot Knob (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pilot Knob.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes an illustration of the Confederate attack on the moat and a drawing of the Ketchum hand grenade used in the battle in 1864.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site. The official website of this state park. (Submitted on October 28, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Side View of Dry Moat near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
3. Side View of Dry Moat near Marker
Remains of Fort Davidson image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 14, 2016
4. Remains of Fort Davidson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 28, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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