Department of Parks
Civil War Days At Columbus-Belmont Oct. 12-14
COLUMBUS, Ky. – Columbus-Belmont State Park will be holding its annual Civil War Days Oct. 12-14.
The weekend will include battle reenactments, living history, and encampments. Friday is "education day" and schools, scouts, clubs and other groups are encouraged to schedule field trips.
Battles will be held at Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a Civil War ball on Saturday evening. There will be Sunday morning services and a Memorial Service at Columbus Cemetery. Sutlers, food vendors and entertainment will be available.
Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 156-acre site that played a fascinating role in the War Between the States. This is the site of fortifications built by the Confederates and later occupied by Union forces. The 1861 Battle of Belmont, a raid fought to test the strength of this Confederate stronghold, marked the opening of the Union's Western Campaign. It was also Union General Ulysses S. Grant's first active engagement in the Civil War. Some of the artillery, which shelled the Union troops, and the six-ton anchor that held the great chain stretching across the river, are on display in the park.
Columbus-Belmont State Park, located in Hickman County along the Mississippi River, has a museum, gift shop and campground. There is a fee for the museum.
For more information call the park office (270) 677-2327 or email email@example.com
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov