Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville
Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville 2.JPG
Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville is located in Kentucky
Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville
Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville is located in the US
Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville
Location Courthouse Lawn. Jct. of US 27 and KY 29, Nicholasville, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°52′51″N 84°34′24″W / 37.88083°N 84.57333°W / 37.88083; -84.57333Coordinates: 37°52′51″N 84°34′24″W / 37.88083°N 84.57333°W / 37.88083; -84.57333
Built 1896
MPS Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
NRHP Reference # 97000686[1]
Added to NRHP July 17, 1997

The Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville is an historic statue located on the Jessamine County courthouse lawn in Nicholasville, Kentucky, ten miles south of Lexington, Kentucky. It is one of three locations regarding the Civil War in Jessamine County; the other two are Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park and Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

It consists of an 11-foot-tall (3.4 m) granite pedestal and 7-foot-tall (2.1 m) bronze "Confederate" soldier statue with knapsack and kepi hat. Inscriptions are on all four sides of the pedestal, including a passage from Bivouac of the Dead.[2]

The process for erecting the statue started in 1880, when Jefferson Oxley, a veteran of the Confederate Army, started the Jessamine County Memorial Association to fund such a statue. However, by 1896, sixteen years later, it had still not been built. The Association was told there was a Union soldier monument which had not been paid for, and could be theirs at a discount. For $1,500 the monument was purchased, and the Yankee was "galvanized" into a Confederate soldier.[2][3]

At the dedication, over 3,500 spectators came to witness the occasion, including 160 from Louisville who came by special train. Among the Louisvillians was Bennett H. Young, who spoke at many such statue dedications. The statue was unveiled by Oxley's son Lawson, as Jefferson Oxley had died.[4]

On July 17, 1997, the Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville was one of sixty-one 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.[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Nicholasville, Ky. Trailsrus.com, Accessed November 11, 2008
  3. ^ Brent, Joseph. Confederate Memorial in Nicholasville NRHP Nomination Form (Kentucky Heritage Council, 1997) p.1
  4. ^ Brent p.1
  5. ^ Joseph E. Brent (January 8, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission: Civil War Monuments in Kentucky, 1865–1935" (pdf). National Park Service.