Battle Ranges: Columbus-Belmont

On the ride home, we stopped off at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky. The park is a great example of moderating recreational use at a historic site.  Erosion has cut through much of the extensive fortifications that lined the bluffs there in 1861.  However, interpretation aids the visitor, explaining the significance of the ConfederateContinue reading “Battle Ranges: Columbus-Belmont”

Finding Belmont

The Battle of Belmont, fought along the Mississippi River on November 7, 1861, is often cited as General U.S. Grant’s first major battle.  There are several angles to consider with regard to how well the future General-in-Chief performed, and even with regard to who won the battle.  Perhaps historian Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr., in hisContinue reading “Finding Belmont”