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The Powder Magazine - Fort Davidson - Pilot Knob, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 37.189 W 090° 38.399
15S E 708283 N 4166253
Quick Description: Why the fort today is nothing more than a hole with a berm around it.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 8/29/2019 6:04:54 AM
Waymark Code: WM11743
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:

County of marker: Iron County
Location of marker:
Marker erected by: Missouri Department of Natural resources, Division of State Parks

Marker Text:

The Powder Magazine
This crater marks the site of the powder magazine, The underground structure was forty feet long, twelve feet high, and twelve feet wide. It was covered with fifteen feet of earth to protect it from enemy fire. Some twenty tons of gunpowder and ammunition were stored here during the battle.

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 driven
   Pilot Knob..."
   Colonel Thomas C. Fletcher, 47th Missouri Volunteer Infantry

The startled Confederates did not realize that the fort had been evacuated. General Price presumed that an accident had ignited the magazine and that the fort would surrender in the morning.

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: Missouri Department of Natural resources, Division of State Parks

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Union

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Date Installed or Dedicated: Not listed

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