Columbus-Belmont State Park, in Columbus, will hold their annual Civil Wars Days on October 11 through October 13, 2013.
The weekend will include battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food, and more. Admission to this event is free.
The opening ceremony will be held on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. and will include cannon fire from the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Later in the evening, there will be a “ghost walk” through the dark Confederate earthworks with lanterns lighting the way.
On Saturday, October 12, there will be several programs focused on the history of the area including a special Chautauqua presentation at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council, with special guest Jim Sayre portraying Abraham Lincoln.
The Civil War Ball on Saturday night will feature music by The 52nd Regimental String Band. Before the dance, there will be a Beautiful Belle and Handsome Gent contest; a Best Beard and Scraggly Beard contest will be held during intermission.
Visitors to Civil War Days will also be able to shop for supplies on “Sutler Row.” Sutlers were civilian merchants who sell provisions to an army.
Battle re-enactments are at 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The excitement of battle will feature guns firing, cannons blasting, horses running, and tents burning.
Sunday morning will feature a worship service as well as a memorial service in the Columbus Cemetery.
For more information about this event, call the park office at (270) 677-2327.
A park rich in history, 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. The park is also on a National Scenic Byway and it is a Great River Road Interpretative Center. In addition, Columbus-Belmont is on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Columbus-Belmont State Park, located in far southwestern Kentucky along the Mississippi River and about 240 miles from Metro Louisville, has a museum, gift shop and campground.
Columbus-Belmont State Park
350 Park Road
Columbus, KY 42032-0009
Telephone: (270) 677-2327