Southeast Missouri Civil War
Fort Davidson State Historic Site
Battle of Pilot Knob
Near the intersection of Routes 21 and 221, Pilot Knob MO
The battle here Sept. 27, 1864 was the first during Confederate Gen. Sterling Price’s raid behind Union lines in Missouri. Intending to assault St. Louis, Price’s 12,000 troopers first faced a small garrison at Fort Davidson. His initial attacks against the fort failed, with great loss. Union troops, seeing they were vastly outnumbered, evacuated the fort after dark, escaping. Price’s raid was hurt badly here — and delayed. He abandoned his plans for St. Louis and instead headed northwest toward the Missouri Valley and Kansas (see also Price's Raid).
A visitor center offers a fiber optic display of the battle and exhibits relating to Missouri’s Civil War history, the fort and Price’s Raid. Self-guided trail through the remains of the fort begins here.
Visitor center open daily 10 am–4 pm mid-April–November. Closed Monday other times.
Stars and Strips Museum
17377 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield MO 63825
The famous “soldiers newspaper” Stars and Stripes had its beginning here when a handful of Union troops took advantage of an abandoned newspaper office to print the first edition on Nov. 9, 1861. Museum devoted to military journalism. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am–4 pm; Saturday 10 am–2 pm; and Sunday 1–4 pm. Free.
Fort D Park
Fort and Locust streets, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
One of four Union forts built in 1861 were designed to protect the town from both land and water. This fort’s guns could have controlled Mississippi River shipping. Historical markers describe self-guided tours at this city park.
A Cape Girardeau Driving Tour describes other Civil War sites, including monuments to both sides and historical markers.
Website links to Missouri Civil War places: Missouri Links