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Belmont

Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky, commemorates the Battle of Belmont fought on November 7, 1861: Ulysses S. Grant’s first test as a battlefield commander in the Civil War. In September 1861, Confederate forces moved into Kentucky, established fortifications in Columbus, and broke the state’s neutrality. This strategic location was the northernmost spur of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and gave the Confederacy control of part of the Mississippi River. The Battle of Belmont took place across the river in Belmont, Missouri.

Belmont: What's Nearby

Columbus, KY

Preservation

The American Battlefield Trust and our members have saved more than 1 acres at Belmont.

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Related Battles

Columbus, KY | November 7, 1861
Result: Inconclusive
Estimated Casualties
1,248
Union
607
Confed.
641