Confederate Monument in Frankfort (NRIS 97000702)
215 E. Main St.,
Kentucky. County/parish: Franklin.
1 contributing object.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
July 17, 1997.
Part of Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
Also known as:
- Confederate Monument in Frankfort
- The Confederate Monument in Frankfort, in Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky, is a monument dedicated to the Confederate States of America that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The statue depicts a Confederate soldier standing ready. It is made of white marble, and stands atop a granite pedestal and limestone base. On the pedestal is part of the Bivouac of the Dead, written by Theodore O'Hara, who is also buried in Frankfort Cemetery.Frankfort would be the only Union state capital captured in the war. Confederate general Kirby Smith would capture the town on September 3, 1862, and would continue a Confederate force until the Battle of Perryville, which forced the Confederacy away from any future control of Kentucky during the American Civil War. This would cause the Union citizenry to build two forts to protect Frankfort. These forts prevented John Hunt Morgan from recapturing the city for the Confederacy in 1864.On July 17, 1997, the Confederate Monument in Frankfort was one of 60 different monuments related to the Civil War in Kentucky placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Civil War Monuments of Kentucky Multiple Property Submission. The Colored Soldiers Monument in Frankfort is the only other one in Frankfort, located in Green Hill Cemetery to the east of Frankfort Cemetery. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/97000702