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Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Kentucky's State Mound

1847-1987

 
 
Kentucky's State Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
1. Kentucky's State Mound Marker
Inscription.  
In 1847 the Kentucky Legislature appointed a committee to select an appropriate location for a military cemetery and burial place for distinguished Kentuckians. The Frankfort Cemetery was found to be “remarkable for its commanding situation and romantic and picturesque scenery,” and the Cemetery’s central mound was deeded to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The State Legislature then commissioned Robert E. Launitz of New York to design and erect a military monument to honor those Kentuckians who have fallen in the defense of their country. Completed in 1850, the 150-ton memorial stands 65 feet tall, and is constructed of granite and Italian marble.

In 1851, the State again commissioned Launitz to erect a monument on the State Mound, his impressive memorial to Colonel Richard M. Johnson, Vice-President of the United States, still stands alongside later monuments to other prominent Kentuckians. These include Major Theodore O’Hara, author of “Bivouac of the Dead,” and Lt. Presley N. O’Bannon, the first American to place the United States flag on foreign soil.

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deterioration, the 1986 General Assembly approved funding for the restoration and updating of the memorial under the direction of the Kentucky Military Monument Committee, the Office of Historic Properties and Department of Facilities Management of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. On Veterans Day, November 11, 1987, the Kentucky Military Monument was re-dedicated in honor of Kentucky Veterans of all wars.

Martha Layne Collins, Governor – Commonwealth of Kentucky
Gordon C. Duke, Secretary – Finance and Administration Cabinet
Billy G. Wellman, Adjutant General – Department of Military Affairs

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 38° 11.637′ N, 84° 51.9′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Glenns Creek Road. Marker, mound and Kentucky War Memorial are located near the center of the Frankfort Cemetery, about 4/10 mile south of the cemetery entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 East Main Street, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Presley N. O'Bannon, USMC (a few steps from this marker); Kentucky War Memorial (within shouting distance of
Kentucky's State Mound Marker & War Memorial (<i>wide view; marker visible in foreground</i>) image. Click for full size.
2. Kentucky's State Mound Marker & War Memorial (wide view; marker visible in foreground)
this marker); The Persian Gulf War (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); War Of Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted horizontally at ground level, near the pathway leading to the Kentucky War Memorial.
 
Also see . . .  Kentucky War Memorial. The Kentucky War Memorial in Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky, is a monument dedicated to fallen Kentucky officers who perished in American wars of the 19th century. On February 25, 1848, an act passed by the state legislature appropriated $15,000 for its construction. The 65-foot-tall granite monument, topped by a statue of Victory, was unveiled in 1850. The monument is situated on the cemetery's "State Mound," and was erected to stand over the graves of 17 Kentucky soldiers who had fallen at
Kentucky War Memorial (<i>front view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
3. Kentucky War Memorial (front view from near marker)
the Battle of Buena Vista. Their interment in Frankfort Cemetery on July 20, 1847 was marked by a eulogy from John C. Breckinridge, a supporter of the war. According to a popular story, this mass funeral inspired Mexican-War veteran, Theordore O'Hara, to pen his famed poem, "Bivouac of the Dead". However, O'Hara was still with the army in Mexico in July 1848. (Submitted on September 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Kentucky War Memorial (<i>back/south side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
4. Kentucky War Memorial (back/south side view)
Kentucky War Memorial (<i>memorial base detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
5. Kentucky War Memorial (memorial base detail)
Kentucky War Memorial (<i>dedication panel</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
6. Kentucky War Memorial (dedication panel)
Kentucky has erected
This Column
in gratitude equally
to her officers
and soldiers
Presley O'Bannon Tombstone (<i>located near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
7. Presley O'Bannon Tombstone (located near marker)
Theodore O'Hara Monument (<i>located near Kentucky War Memorial</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2013
8. Theodore O'Hara Monument (located near Kentucky War Memorial)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8. submitted on October 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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