Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in Morgantown

Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in Morgantown
Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in Morgantown
Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in Morgantown is located in Kentucky
Location: Morgantown, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°13′31″N 86°40′59″W / 37.22528°N 86.68306°W / 37.22528; -86.68306Coordinates: 37°13′31″N 86°40′59″W / 37.22528°N 86.68306°W / 37.22528; -86.68306
Built: 1907
Architectural style: No Style Listed
Governing body: Local
MPS: Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
NRHP Reference#:

97000713

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Added to NRHP: July 17, 1997

The Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument in front of the Butler County Courthouse in Morgantown, Kentucky, was built in the aftermath the Spanish-American War, which helped alleviate the bitterness both sides felt toward the other when it was dedicated to the sacrifice of veterans of both sides of the Civil War. It is one of only two monuments in Kentucky that reveres both sides, instead of only one, and funds to build it came from both sides. Butler County, Kentucky had mixed loyalties in the War, with both sides well supported by the county.[2]

The monument was dedicated on May 30, 1907. It has a life-sized zinc statue of a Union soldier with kepi hat, winter great coat, and rifle. It stands atop a twelve-foot pedestal, making the entire monument eighteen feet in height. Depictions of Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, and Joseph Wheeler are placed on three sides of the pedestal. On the various sides of the pedestal are the names of several citizens of Butler County who fought on both sides, some of which died during the War and some that were still living when the monument was built in 1907. As a reflection of the joint effort made to build the statue, the monument refers to the conflict as the "War of 1861-5".[2][3]

Outside of two skirmishes outside of town, Morgantown/Butler County saw very little action during the War.[4]

On July 17, 1997, the Confederate-Union Veterans' Monument 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. It is one of ten soldier monuments in the MPS that was placed on a courthouse lawn, out of 23 soldier monuments in total.[5]

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