Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

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Historic site to host exhibits
KEVIN R. JENKINS 573-756-8927
Jan 4, 2019

The Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site in Pilot Knob will be holding a series of rotating exhibits of artifacts this year relating to the site.

According to Bryan Bethel, Natural Resource manager for the battle site and Elephant Rocks State Park, many of the original artifacts have never been displayed until now. Each exhibit will be on display for two months.

Bethel added that what impresses him most about the history of the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site is that it had much greater importance than is generally thought.

“If [Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price] had bypassed Pilot Knob and went on into St. Louis, he very well could have taken St. Louis and then could have taken Jefferson City — and possibly forced Missouri into the Confederacy,” he said. “But because he delayed here so long and lost so much manpower and time, that was no longer an option for him.

“It’s not a real famous battle, but the implications of him bypassing this battle and taking St. Louis could have really had some far-reaching effects on not only Missouri, but the nation as a whole. That’s really impressive and I like to tell folks about that.


Full article can be found here - https://dailyjournalonline.com/news...cle_654f7aed-e7c2-596a-9c5b-514010c9c0ac.html

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