The 24th annual Civil War Days held at Columbus Belmont State Park
By Lilly Morefield
COLUMBUS - Columbus Belmont State Park came alive with reenactors, vendors and visitors as the 24th annual Civil War Days played out once again.
The weekend held many activities including the Opening Ceremony Friday at 5pm, with opening remarks by County Judge/Executive Greg Pruitt. First Community Bank of Clinton, Clinton Bank, River Valley Ag provided refreshments during the evening. Credit. The River Heart and 52nd Regimental String Bands provided music. Following the ceremony a Ghost Walk was held in the Confederate Trenches.
Saturday tours were held through Civil War Camps, Sutler Shops and visit to the Museum. Citizens Deposit Banks of Arlington and Bardwell provided apple cider.
Other events during the weekend included History Tours, a Ladies Tea, Johnnie Green an Orphan's Survival presented b Ethan Smith, Civil War Skirmish, Civil War Ball, Camp Meeting, Memorial Service in the Cemetery, and before ending on Sunday a Civil War Skirmish was held at the Battlefield. Spectators gathered around the large green battlefield to watch as Confederate artillery troops fired on Union troops, and musket firearms are fired between the Confederate and Union troops.
The event is held each year on the 2nd weekend in October.