Fort Davidson, MO
September 27, 1864
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Fort Davidson State Historic Site, Pilot Knob, Missouri, United States
Price’s Missouri Expedition
Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing, Jr.
Maj. Gen. Sterling Price
Army of Missouri
In September 1864, a Confederate army under
Maj. Gen. Sterling Price crossed into
Missouri with the goal of capturing St. Louis.
Union Brig. Gen. Thomas
Ewing moved with reinforcements down the railroad to Ironton to
retard Price’s advance.
On the morning of September 27, the Confederates
attacked, driving the Federals back into their defenses anchored by Fort
In the late afternoon,
Price unsuccessfully assaulted the fort repeatedly, suffering
considering the possible time involved, had dismissed the possibility of
mounting guns on the high ground to compel the fort to surrender or to shell the
garrison into submission.
During the night, the Federals evacuated the fort.
had paid a high price in lives and gave Union forces the necessary time to
concentrate and oppose his raid.
1 National Park
- having a decisive influence on a
campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war
having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign
having observable influence on the
outcome of a campaign
having a limited influence on the
outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important
3 Casualties are
someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.