Fellow Civil War buffs, this one’s for us. If the mere thought of history re-enactments and historical exhibits makes your heart skip a few beats, you’ll want to mark your calendar now because Civil War paradise is just around the corner.
Columbus-Belmont State Park will host the 20th Annual Civil War Days Oct. 8-10.
The weekend includes battle re-enactments, living history exhibits and military encampments. Battles will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The opening ceremony will be at 5 p.m. Friday followed by a Ghost Walk. Friday is designated for field trips by school groups and other organizations.
On Saturday, author Berry Craig will be signing his book titled “The Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War.” There will also be a Civil War Ball Saturday night from 8-10 p.m.
Sutlers and food vendors will be on site to serve the needs of the re-enactors and visiting guests. Special entertainment is scheduled daily featuring battle narration by Rick Revel and music by The 52ndRegimental String Band. There will be a Sunday morning service with Rev. Alan Farley and a memorial service at Columbus Cemetery. The weekend events are free to the public.
Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 160-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 admission to the museum.