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Fort Mitchell in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Confederate Financier / Confederate Benefactor

 
 
Confederate Financier Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
1. Confederate Financier Marker side
Inscription.  
Confederate Financier
Eli Metcalfe Bruce, vital link to equipment and food for Southern cause, is buried nearby in Highland Cemetery. He amassed a fortune in meatpacking before War, then moved plants south. He acquired blockade runners to export cotton and bring supplies. Twice elected to CSA Congress; on staff of Gen. J. C. Breckinridge as noncombatant.

Confederate Benefactor
Ell M. Bruce (1828-66) used wealth to assist destitute Confederate soldiers and their families after the War. He helped many stranded Kentuckians home and provided funds for education of disabled CSA Ky. soldiers. Pardoned by Pres. Andrew Johnson, Bruce then bought and renamed Southern Hotel in N.Y.C. for penniless ex-Confederates.
Presented by Bruce Family

 
Erected 1978 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1633.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work
Confederate Benefactor Marker side image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
2. Confederate Benefactor Marker side
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Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 39° 2.705′ N, 84° 33.171′ W. Marker is in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is on Dixie Highway (U.S. 25/42) south of Beechwood Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ft Mitchell KY 41017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beechwood Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Mitchell Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Confederate Thrust (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Mitchell Country Club Centennial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gen. Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Mitchel (approx. one mile away); Fort Wright (approx. one mile away); Sgt. Ronald L. Niewahner (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mitchell.
 
Also see . . .  Eli Metcalfe Bruce (Wikipedia). (Submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
Confederate Financier / Confederate Benefactor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
3. Confederate Financier / Confederate Benefactor Marker
Eli Metcalfe Bruce image. Click for full size.
Matthew Brady / Public Domain
4. Eli Metcalfe Bruce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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