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KANSAS, THE SOLDIER STATE

Kansas is known as a Soldier state due to the very large number of Civil War Veterans who settled here. Almost all communities supported a camp of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). It was typical for those camps to sponsor or erect monuments to honor the Civil War Soldier whether lost during the war or a returned Veteran. The Women's Relief Corps (W.R.C.), Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (L.G.A.R.), and others also erected memorials and monuments. Many county court house squares, City Parks, and local cemeteries are so honored. This listing preserves the memory of those Civil War Memorials and Monuments located in Kansas.

SUVCW MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS PROJECT

One of the important purposes and goals of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is to honor the memory of our Civil War Veterans and to preserve the American tradition of Memorial Day. We in Kansas are fortunate to have a number of outstanding monuments, memorials, and outdoor sculpture to serve as the focus for these (and other) celebrations and remembrances.

Over the years, much has been done by others to identify G.A.R. monuments and Civil War-related memorials erected by other parties. The effort being put forth by the SUVCW is unique because of the following points. With the help of our Departments across the country, and the local Camps within them, the SUVCW will physically search out and inspect each and every memorial that can be found. This will minimize the chance of any memorial being overlooked and more importantly, identify any professional restoration work that may be necessary - due to the effects of nature or vandalism. Realizing that anything "on-the-books" is dated information, the SUVCW will continue to regularly inspect memorials so that our data remains current. Another important aspect of this project, is to contact the public authorities and private property owners tied to the sites that these memorials stand on, and inform them of the GAR - SUVCW Deed of Conveyance. Notice of the SUVCW's legal interests should put an end to the removal and/or sale of Civil War cannon from memorials!

As legal heir to the G.A.R., the preservation of these monuments and memorials is one of the most important purposes of the SUVCW! With proper care, these monuments will continue to stand in tribute to those who saved the Union during the conflict of 1861 to 1865.

TYPES OF MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS


Memorials may be in any of a number of styles, sizes, materials, and dedications. They may be markers in cemeteries, pavilions, statues, bronze tablets, cannons, drinking fountains, benches, or buildings. Dedications may be very specific ("to those who died in the battle of Westport") all the way to all inclusive ("to those who served their country", or may just be a saying ("lest we forget"). They may be closely identified with one of the service groups ("dedicated by Post 216, G.A.R.") or have no identification. They may be at County Courthouses, City Parks, Cemeteries (both large and small), schools, or almost anyplace. This list organizes memorials into the following categories:


Primary Memorials

Parsons Herrington McPherson Elmdale Lincoln
These memorials have a direct lineage to the Civil War veteran. They may have been directly sponsored or erected by the G.A.R., W.R.C., or L.G.A.R. They may have been dedicated by others as honoring the Civil War Soldier. They are similar to other Primary Memorials. These memorials are of direct interest to the SUVCW.


Secondary Memorials
Clay Center Iola Dextert Gove Greensburg
These memorials are not of direct Civil War lineage but do include the Civil War Soldier by direct reference or by providing honor to "all those who have served our country". They honor the soldier from all wars. These memorials, while not of direct linkage to the SUVCW, are included here because of the honor they render to the soldiers. Also, in some Kansas counties there have been no primary Civil War memorials located. Listing the secondary memorials indicates that the locale has been surveyed.


Under Review
These memorials may ultimately be either primary or secondary but, at present, there is at least one unresolved question regarding them:
      The location may not be certain.
      Photographs may be needed.
      Inscriptions may need to be recorded.
As time permits, these questions will be resolved. If you can help on any of these, please offer any information you may have.

MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS LISTINGS


Memorials can be accessed in any of four different listings:

Towns
The town closest to each monument is listed alphabetically. When there are more than one memorials in any town, this selection will go to the first one. The others will follow.

Counties
Kansas has 105 counties. Most of these have multiple memorials. Selection of a county will link to the first town in that county. The rest of the entries for that county follow.

State
A map of Kansas presents each county. Clicking on the county will link to the listings for that county.

Live-Map
Microsoft has a wonderful mapping facility. All memorials (Primary, Secondary, and Under Review) are identified by colored pushpins on this map. The map can be zoomed in so much that, in some places like Kansas City, the individual memorial can be identified in a birds eye view. Selecting an individual pin shows a thumbnail picture, a very brief summary, and a selection to go to the detailed listing.

OTHER RECOGNITIONS


Cemetery


It is impossible to visit cemeteries without noticing the gravestones and cast medallions that reference the G.A.R. and the W.R.C. There are also many headstones that show pride in G.A.R. membership. While these are not the same level of Civil War Memorials as recorded above, they do provide significant honor and interest. To view these recognitions, click here:

Recognitions


REFERENCES AND CONTRIBUTORS


Lest We Forget

Many people and many documents have contributed to the creation and maintenance of this memorials listing. They all need to be recognized and thanked for their contribution.

List of Contributors, References, and Links



SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR - DEPARTMENT OF KANSAS
Civil War Memorials Officer - Douglas E. McGovern
demcgovern@vintage-visuals.com


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