Latham Confederate Monument

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Latham Confederate Monument
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Latham Confederate Monument is located in Kentucky
Latham Confederate Monument
Latham Confederate Monument is located in the United States
Latham Confederate Monument
LocationHopkinsville, Kentucky
ArchitectHollowell Granite Company, Bangor, ME
MPSCivil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
NRHP reference #97000709[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 17, 1997

The Latham Confederate Monument in Hopkinsville, Kentucky's Riverside Cemetery, is a monument on the National Register of Historic Places.

A native of Hopkinsville then living in New York City, John C. Latham, desired that deceased veterans on both sides in Hopkinsville be buried together. Latham was a millionaire in the cotton business, who fought for the Confederate States of America during the conflict. However, most of the Union veterans had already been buried at the Fort Donelson National Cemetery, so instead the mass burial would involve only Confederate veterans, 101 in total, that were scattered at various burial locations. Latham gave $14,000 to the city of Hopkinsville for the project. The dedication of the monument and the accompanying graves was on May 19, 1887, with a book, The Story of a Monument, was published by Dennison & Brown in 1888 with notes about the monument and its dedication. Latham would also donate $50,000 for the construction of turnpikes.[2][3][4]

Latham had Hallowell Granite Works, a company based in Bangor, Maine, build the monument. The monument is made of granite and is 37 feet tall. The monument has several decorations: 18-inch-diameter (460 mm) cannonballs, Laurel wreaths, bronze cannons, and two swords.[3]

On July 17, 1997, the Latham Confederate 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. The Confederate Memorial Fountain in Hopkinsville is also in Hopkinsville; it is located by the Christian County Courthouse in downtown Hopkinsville.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
  2. ^ "JOHN C. LATHAM DEAD.; Old Wall Street Banker Made Many Bequests to Hopkinsville, Ky." New York Times August 19, 1909
  3. ^ a b Civil War in Kentucky
  4. ^ The story of a monument: Memorial of the unveiling of the monument to the unknown confederate dead, May 19, 1887, at Hopkinsville, Ky: S. C. M: Books
  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.