Columbus Belmont Civil War Days Photos
Photos by Anita Bugg
Columbus Belmont Civil War Days are a feast for the eyes and an exercise for the imagination. Folks of all ages turned out for a beautiful fall weekend to be a part of history in far western Kentucky.
The real battle took place across the Mississippi River. The Confederates held the high ground on the Kentucky side overlooking the River and were also camped at Belmont on the Missouri side. General Grant brought his troops down the river in steamboats to "make a demonstration" (a show of force). The show got a little hot when he and his men had to skedaddle back to their boats. The Union troops beat back the Confederates and were doing pretty good until they stopped to loot the Rebel camp. The Rebs regrouped and the big guns across the River woke up. Beating a hasty retreat, Grant lost his horse and tack, commandeered one from a subordinate and hit the gangplank of his evac boat at a gallop. (Grant was arguably the best horseman of his day.) He was last to board.
The plaque below reminded visitors that the Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil.