Confederate Monument of Morganfield

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Confederate Monument of Morganfield
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Confederate Monument of Morganfield is located in Kentucky
Confederate Monument of Morganfield
Confederate Monument of Morganfield is located in the US
Confederate Monument of Morganfield
Location Morganfield, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°41′38″N 87°54′46″W / 37.69389°N 87.91278°W / 37.69389; -87.91278Coordinates: 37°41′38″N 87°54′46″W / 37.69389°N 87.91278°W / 37.69389; -87.91278
Built 1870
MPS Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
NRHP Reference # 97000666[1]
Added to NRHP July 17, 1997

The Confederate Monument of Morganfield, Kentucky is a monument to Confederate soldiers from surrounding Union County, Kentucky, of which Morganfield is the county seat. It is in the northernmost corner of the City Cemetery/Odd Fellows Cemetery just outside downtown Morganfield. Ironically, during the War "Union" County was mostly a Confederate-sympathizing county. The county produced 657 soldiers for the Confederacy, but only 187 for the Union, although 131 African-Americans would join the Union forces in 1864. In July 1862, Union forces at Caseyville, Kentucky threatened to arrest everyone in the town of treason, eventually freeing all but nineteen citizens. A skirmish in Morganfield on September 1, 1862, resulted in a Confederate victory.[2][3][4]

The monument consists of a limestone base supporting a white marble obelisk. Inscribed on the monument were the names of sixty-four soldiers who had died in battle, and stated that "Union County mourns the loss of:". Due to its age, much of its text is now illegible.[2]

Nathan Bedford Forrest led the first troops to enter the county during the War on a scouting expedition in November 1861. In 1864 there was much guerrilla activity in the area.[5]

On July 17, 1997, the Confederate Monument of Morganfield 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.[6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Civil War in Kentucky
  3. ^ Morganfield War marker, see gallery
  4. ^ Kleber, John E. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. (University Press of Kentucky). pg.908.
  5. ^ Morganfield marker
  6. ^ 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.