Battle of Pilot Knob

Battle of Pilot Knob (HMPQB)

Location: Ironton, MO 63650 Iron County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 35.866', W 90° 37.667'

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September 26-27, 1864

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Battle of Pilot Knob
September 26-27, 1864
A section of Montgomery's Battery, two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles, under Lt. Simonton, helped drive the rebels back into Shut-In Gap and held them there until fighting ceased at sunset on the 26th. Early the next morning, Simonton's guns, positioned in front of the courthouse, fired at the attacking rebels. Rebel cannon responded by firing into Ironton and hitting the court house. The two guns that you see here are identical to Simonton's.

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Battle of Pilot Knob
Iron County Courthouse
September 26, 1864.
2:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Pvt. Rector of the 3rd M.S.M. was killed in front of the courthouse. Co. E., 47th Missouri, firing from the courthouse, killed the rebel who shot Rector. They were the first to die in the battle. A cavalry detachment led by Major Wilson drove the rebels back to Shut-In Gap. Fighting ended at sunset. On the 2nd day rebel artillery fired into Ironton and hit the courthouse. The imprint of one of the shells can still be seen in its facade.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 709422 N 4163833
Decimal Degrees37.59776667, -90.62778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 35.866', W 90° 37.667'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 35' 51.96" N, 90° 37' 40.02" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 S Main St, Ironton MO 63650, US
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