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Gary Polete joins us from the grounds of Lake Barkley State Resort Park where Trigg County Civil War Days are underway through Sunday. Highlights include artillery night fire at dark tonight and Saturday, a ladies tea under the camp tent at 11 Saturday, a Blue and Gray Camp Ball from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and a re-enacted battle with cavalry and artillery at 1 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Organizer Polete expects about 300 re-enactors in full costume unless cold weather deters.

The Civil War Trust is looking for volunteers to clean and restore battlefields, including sites in Kentucky and Tennessee for its 17th annual Park Day, scheduled for April 6th.  Volunteers will be asked to rake leaves, haul trash, paint signs and plant trees.  The nationwide event encompasses 100 historic sites in 24 states.  The sites in our region include Fort Donelson in Dover, Tennessee and Columbus-Belmont State Park in western Kentucky.  Those interested can find more information at

Local SCV Camp Hosts Cemetery Tour

Oct 16, 2012

Most of us have gone to the cemetery to visit family members, leave mementos on their graves, and maybe even say a few words. But it’s not often that they talk back. Next week, the Murray City Cemetery will come alive with re-enactors portraying some of the people buried there, and telling their stories. The event is sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Fort Heiman Camp.

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Quilting During the Civil War

Apr 27, 2012

The American Quilters Society’s annual show is winding down in Paducah, and quilters have seen nearly every fabric, design and stitch associated with the art of quilting. The city has been covered in quilts. Yet, as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War continues, Casey Northcutt investigates a time when fabric was scarce and quilts were relief supplies sent to soldiers.  Of the quilts women did manage to piece together, only a portion remains today, serving as a testament to the hardships of the time.

Postmark Commemorating Kentucky Battle

Apr 20, 2012
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A special postmark is being issued as part of the re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Sacramento in western Kentucky. The U.S. Postal Service will offer the postmark starting Tuesday as part of a series of commemorations marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which took place from 1861 to 1865. The postmark will be available at a log cabin near the battlegrounds in Sacramento. The Battle of Sacramento took place on December 28, 1861 between Union Major Eli H. Murray and Confederate Col. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Civil War locations throughout Kentucky and Tennessee are participating in the 16th annual Park Day activities this coming Saturday.  The Civil War Trust sponsored event involves volunteers in clean up and site restoration.  In our region, Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park and Tennessee’s Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery will host volunteers.  Starting times for each location will vary.  We’ll have a link to a full list of sites at WKMS dot org.