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The Battle of Pilot KnobThe Battle of Pilot Knob

Thunder in Arcadia Valley

Bryce A. Suderow and R. Scott House

Narrated by Gregg A. Rizzo

Approximately 9 hours

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Book published by Southeast Missouri State University Press


A thousand soldiers held off an army ten times larger at Missouriís Thermopylae.

In the fall of 1864, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith appointed Major General Sterling Price to lead a raid behind Federal lines into Missouri and to capture St. Louis or Jefferson City. Price entered Missouri with an army of 12,000 men but, instead of moving directly to St. Louis, decided to attack the weakly defended Federal post at Pilot Knob, Missouri, guarded by an insignificant earthwork known as Fort Davidson.

After midnight on September 27, 1864, despite the large number of Confederate troops camped around the fort, the Union soldiers silently exited the fort, leaving behind a small group to detonate the fortís powder magazine and destroy the remaining supplies. With Confederate troops in pursuit, the small band of Union soldiers, civilians, and escaped slaves began a miraculous 66-mile march to the railroad at Leasburg.

Bryce A. Suderow is the author of four books and edited The Supplement to the Official Records and The Petersburg Campaign.

R. Scott House is an active Civil War re-enactor, helps interpret and manage the Fort D Historic Site, writes on Civil War topics, and has mapped more than 700 caves in five states.





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