Water Valley is a small, secluded hamlet near the Tennessee state line. Here in the earliest days of the Civil War the Confederate Army established Camp Beauregard, a recruiting and training camp. Camp Beauregard was part of the outer defenses for the fortifications at Columbus, KY. Nearly 2000 Confederate soldiers from Mississippi and Louisiana died here of a terrible meningitis epidemic. It was abandoned after the fall of Fort Donelson in February. Today a monument sits on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley near the graves of Confederate soldiers who died here.
HISTORICAL MARKERS IN WATER VALLEY:
Camp Beauregard (State Marker 180, north edge of Water Valley, US 45, Graves Co.)