Unknown Confederate Dead Monument in Perryville (NRIS 97000721)
Kentucky. County/parish: Boyle.
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:
- Unknown Confederate Dead Monument in Perryville
- The Unknown Confederate Dead Monument in Perryville is located in the vicinity of Perryville, in Boyle County, Kentucky, United States, in the Goodknight Cemetery, a small family cemetery on private land. It is presumed to have been constructed around the year 1928, sixty-six years after the Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862, in which the Confederate soldiers buried here anonymously died. In total, 532 Confederates died at the battle, but it is unknown how many of this number are buried here.The headstone is approximately seven feet (2.1 m) tall, and is made of a marble and granite composite. It has an 18-inch (46 cm) tall marble scalloped decorative cap, a granite body six inches (15 cm) thick with an inscription, stating that it honors the unknown number of Confederate soldiers buried here anonymously, and a marble base of 4 by 2 feet (122 by 61 cm). Despite being on private property, it was the federal government that erected the monument.On July 17, 1997, the Unknown Confederate Dead Monument in Perryville was one of sixty 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. Three other monuments on this Multiple Property Submission are also in Boyle County. Two of them are in the nearby Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site by the visitor center: the Confederate Monument in Perryville and the Union Monument in Perryville. The other is in downtown Danville: the Confederate Monument in Danville. Many of the other memorials in graveyards have numerous unknown soldiers, but this is the only one which has no soldiers with known names. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/97000721