Unknown Confederate Dead Monument in Perryville

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Unknown Confederate Dead Monument
in Perryville
Perryville Confederate marker.jpg
Nearest city Perryville, Kentucky
Built 1928
Architectural style Thanatonic
MPS Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
NRHP reference # 97000721[1]
Added to NRHP July 17, 1997

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.[2][3]

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.[2][4]

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.[5][6]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Perryville, Kentucky trailsrus.com
  3. ^ Noe, Kenneth W., Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle, (University Press of Kentucky), 2001. pg.369
  4. ^ Brent, Joseph. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument in Perryville NRHP Nomination Form (Kentucky Heritage Council, 1997) Sec7,8,9, pg.1
  5. ^ Brent pg.1
  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.