23rd Annual "Forrest's First"
May 19-21, 2017

The Battle of Sacramento is over for this year.
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Battle of Sacramento May 19th - 21st in Sacramento Kentucky is open to the public! Just purchase a souvenir button for
$7.50* and attend
*Note: Special price for students on Friday for just $5.

This educational and fun event is great for schools, families, senior citizens, scouts, home schoolers. Everyone is welcome!

Event starts Friday with Living History Day which includes all the following and more. Then come back Saturday and Sunday and spend both days with us. SO much to see and do.

Military & Civilians Fee $10.
Sutlers remain at $45
Age 12 and under Free to participate.

General Admission for the Public is $7.50 and $5 for students.
Camps are open to visitors all day long all 3 days!
Feel free to tour the military and civilian camps and speak with participants throughout the day

Starts at 8:30 am and continues all day so be sure to visit all the stops:

  • Sutlers (merchants) will be set up at the east end just past the Concessions area Lots of merchandise inside the tents. Do come shop.
  • Presidents Lincoln (USA) and Davis (CSA) will be visiting Sacramento. Be sure and stop to chat with them.
  • Take a tour inside the historic Nall-Moore house on the battlefield property.
  • And do stop and visit with Brenda Hamela who will be weaving and spinning on the front porch of the old house and enjoy the period music with "Unreconstructed" on the back porch.
  • Visit the homestead area just east of the registration area where you will find the Reckner family doing their daily chores.
  • Take a look inside of the old log cabin now in use for registration on the grounds.
  • Visit a candlemaker (Charlene Pierce) & blacksmith (John & Beth Lovin) in the sutler area and all other shopkeepers.
  • Stop by amd see the ropemaker (Patrick Sharp) in the civilian camp.
  • Visit with historical flag experts (Spencer & Linda Brewer) in the flag area.
  • And don't miss the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley Submarine exhibit.

On Friday, 2 activities you won't want to miss so be sure to be around the battlefield area during these times:

  • 11:15 am - 2 pm: Artillery rocket fire demonstration, and military drill (Graham Reed), battlefield.
  • 11:45 am; 2:30 pm: Cannon fire demonstration (Cobb's KY Battery), battlefield area

Come back Friday evening for:

  • Dinner at our many concession stands
  • Cannon nightfire
  • Music in the evening
  • Storytelling by lantern through the camps

Saturday, we also have a Ladies Tea you might want to visit and see all the ladies in their finery. And of course, the Battle takes place both Saturday & Sunday afternoon.

Remember! If you buy a button, you can attend ALL day Friday and then come back both Saturday & Sunday at no additional cost. Just be sure to wear your button.

*Please note - this is a working schedule designed to assist persons in prioritizing their visit to the Battle of Sacramento.

To see a brief video that examines the impact of the Civil War battles in Kentucky as well as the impact on her communities and her people throughout history, and to understand Kentucky's role in the issues and challenges of those days in America. Click here to view.

Be sure and come back to Sacramento and take the
Civil War Driving Tour,

Battle of Sacramento 1861 from George Sturmann on Vimeo.

Experience the Reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento. This Civil War Battle was fought on December 28, 1861. The battlefield is the undisputed location of Nathan Bedford Forrest's First Fight!
Call (270) 792-5300 for information.
Nathan Bedford Forrest
**Considered the south's most brilliant commander.**

Click here to download (word document) a suggested information sheet & guidelines about reenactor clothing and equipment needs.

Battle of Sacramento Reenactment
675 Main Street, Sacramento, KY 42372

Forrest's First is the largest Cavalry Battle in the State of Kentucky.
Call (270) 792-5300 with any questions. For after hours or during the event,
contact (270) 792-5300, (270) 929-1067 or (270) 499-0878.