Union prevails in 'Battle of Pilot Knob' Civil War reenactment - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Union prevails in 'Battle of Pilot Knob' Civil War reenactment

(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
(Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS) (Source: Nick Chabarria, KFVS)
PILOT KNOB, MO (KFVS) -

Ten of thousands descended on the small town of Pilot Knob this weekend to witness a spectacle they might not get anywhere else.

The cleanup is well under way at the Fort Davidson State Historical Site after what many are calling a successful weekend of reenacting the Battle of Pilot Knob.

This is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that took place right on the grounds.

Thousands of re-enactors turned out from around the country to reenact the battle. Even more came out to watch.

Park officials say this year had record breaking crowds. Some estimated upwards of 30,000 people for just one day.

The battle featured sights and sounds of live cannon and rifle fire from actors dressed as both Confederate and Union soldiers.

For those who participated, this weekend's show offered them something few other places can.

“To be able to fight on the actual ground were it occurred is very special, very special. For most of the actors, I'd say 99.99 percent, it's also an educational thing,” said Phil Sample, Provost Marshall, Frontier

Park officials say the next reenactment of this scale at Fort Davidson will be in 2017.

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