A ceremony is planned later this month to recognize a Maysville landmark that was recently placed on the National Register.
The city of Maysville, in cooperation with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of Kentucky, will hold a ceremony at the Maysville-Mason County Cemetery in Maysville, beginning at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27, to commemorate the placing of the Maysville Grand Army of the Republic Monument on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The very visible Maysville G.A.R. Monument was overlooked in a commonwealth-wide survey of Kentucky Civil War monuments done by the Kentucky Heritage Council in the 1990s,” said Bob Jones, department commander and Civil War Memorials officer, Department of Kentucky of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The 42-foot high monument is the second tallest monument in Kentucky dedicated to the ordinary soldier. It was originally dedicated on July 4, 1887, in front of a crowd estimated to be 15,000. With the monument on the National Register, it joins a small but growing group of officially recognized Union Civil War monuments in Kentucky.
“The Grand Army of the Republic was the largest and most influential Civil War veterans group organized after the war,” Jones said. “The Joseph Heiser Post No. 13 of Mason County was the sponsoring G.A.R. post, responsible for the monument’s construction and dedication. The structure is a memorial to the men of the 16th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (Union), organized in Maysville by Maysville native General William “Bull” Nelson, in the fall of 1861.”
The dedication on Oct. 27 will feature a brass band playing Civil War era tunes, a color guard in period dress uniforms, several speakers and a musket volley to end the ceremony. Among the scheduled speakers are Maysville Mayor David Cartmell, whose ancestor was a member of the 16th KVI; and Robert Jones, Civil War Memorials Officer of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Dept. of Kentucky.