Danville in Boyle County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Poet, Lawyer and Soldier / Theodore O'Hara
Poet, Lawyer and Soldier
Theodore O'Hara was born in this city, Feb. 11, 1820. He read law with Judge Wm. Owsley. Newspaper work included editing Frankfort Yeoman and Louisville Times. He served in Mexican War, Cuban rebellion and Civil War; on staffs of Generals J. C. Breckinridge and A. S. Johnston, CSA. Died 1867; reinterred with military honors, 1874, in Frankfort Cemetery.
Theodore O'Hara: O'Hara's memorable poem, "The Bivouac of the Dead," was written to commemorate the burial of Kentucky soldiers who fell at Battle of Buena Vista. By act of legislature O'Hara was reinterred beside his Mexican comrades. "On Fame's eternal camping ground Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards with solemn round The bivouac of the dead."
Erected 1978 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 24.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 11, 1820.
Location. 37° 38.774′ N, 84° 46.41′ W. Marker is in Danville, Kentucky, in Boyle County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Marker is one of five markers located on the Courthouse Lawn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 W Main St, Danville KY 40422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courthouse a Hospital (here, next to this marker); County Named, 1842 (here, next to this marker); American Revolution Memorial (a few steps from this marker); John Marshall Harlan / Kentucky's "Great Dissenter" (a few steps from this marker); First Crop / Hemp in Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Boyle County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); School for the Deaf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
Also see . . . Theodore O'Hara. (Submitted on August 12, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
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