History event set at park
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:00 pm
The Messenger, May 23, 2013
Columbus-Belmont State Park and the Friends of Columbus-Belmont will host a living history program at the park near Columbus, Ky., in honor of National Trails Day on June 1.
There will be guided history hikes, encampments with cooking lessons, weapon demonstrations and a “school of the soldier.”
The fee is $2 and includes museum admission and a bottle of water provided by the Friends of Columbus-Belmont.
Columbus-Belmont State Park is a 160-acre Civil War site where fortifications were built by Confederate forces and later occupied by the Union. 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 Gen. 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, which has a campground, is located on KY 58 and KY 123/80. For more information, call (270) 677-2327.