The Struggle for the Mountains - Pilot Knob, MO
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N 37° 37.243 W 090° 38.376
15S E 708314 N 4166354
The state of Missouri withstood more than 1,000 clashes during the great Civil War. Only two other states, Virginia and Tennessee, had to endure more.
Waymark Code: WMM7TC
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 08/06/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of marker: Iron County
Location of marker: MO 221 (Maple St), half way between Fort Davidson Visitors Center and the Fort itself, Pilot Knob
Marker erected by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks

Marker text:
Morning, Sept. 27:
The Struggle for the Mountains

1. The Confederates attack at dawn. Outnumbered and outflanked, the Federals retire to the mountain slopes.

2. Federal infantry hold Shepherd's Mountain but are gradually forced back to avoid encirclement. By 10 a.m. they retire into the fort's rifle pits.

3. Dismounted Federal cavalry defend Pilot Knob Mountain. In a bitter close-range fight, they manage to hold their position overlooking the fort.

4. The Confederates advance into the gap but the fort's artillery drives them back. Confederate cannons on the heights dominate the fort, but Price orders a direct assault.

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History of Mark:
"The Battle of Pilot Knob was the first major engagement between Union and Confederate forces during Price's Missouri Raid in the fall of 1864. Former Missouri Governor Sterling Price, now a Major-General in the Confederate States Army, had grand objectives when he made plans to invade his home state in the fall of 1864. He planned to capture and occupy the great city of St. Louis and then capture and occupy the State Capital in Jefferson City. Price wanted to reinstate the Governor-in-exile, Thomas C. Reynolds, who accompanied the Confederate Army into Missouri. The Federals in Missouri knew that Sterling Price was planning to invade Missouri and were scrambling to put in place measures to stop the Confederate invasion. The Federal Commander in Missouri, Major-General William S. Rosecrans, ordered Brigadier-General Thomas Ewing, Jr. to take command of a small number of forces, including civilians, in and around Pilot Knob, Missouri and prepare to defend against a possible invasion through southeastern Missouri." ~ The Civil War Muse

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