CIVIL WAR MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS

DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS

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Baldwin City, Douglas County

Baldwin Cemetery
(southeast of town)

Baldwin City

Type: Granite Monument

Description: Inscribed on the front is: "In Memory Of - The Soldiers Who Fought ~ For The Preservation Of The ~ Union In The War Of The Great Rebellion From ~ 1861 To 1865 ~ Erected By E.D. Baker Post No. 40 ~ And Womens Relief Corps No 102".

References:
Baruch and Beckman, 1978, Martin, 1910

Photographs:
RM Thies, 1994

DE McGovern, February 13, 2005
RL Wandel, April 27, 2005

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Black Jack, Douglas County

Robert Hall Pearson Park
(3 miles east of Baldwin City)

Battle of Black Jack

Type: Granite Monument

Description: Inscribed on the large monument is: "Battle of Blackjack ~ First Battle ~ Between Free and ~ Slave States Fought ~ on these Grounds ~ June 2, 1856". The small monument reads: "Erected 1913 by Post 40 ~ Grand Army of the Republic ~ Women's Relief Corps #102 ~ Deeded to Kansas 1917". A wooden sign next to the monuments reads: "Site Of ~ Battle of Black Jack ~ (names of participants)"

An accompanying informational marker is placed at a turnout at the highway. It reads: "Battle of Black Jack ~ This "battle" was part of the struggle to make Kansas ~ a free state. In May, 1856, Proslavery men destroyed ~ buildings and newspaper pressed in Lawrence Free-State ~ headquarters. John Brown's company then killed five ~ Proslavery men on Pottawatomie creek not far from this ~ spot. In retaliation Henry C. Pate raided near-by Palmyra ~ and took three prisoners. Early on the morning of June 2 ~ Brown attacked Pate's camp in a grove of black jack ~ oaks about mile south of this sign. Both sides had ~ several wounded and numerous desertions before Pate ~ and 28 men surrendered, Brown claiming he had only 15 ~ men left. As evidence of civil war this fight received ~ much publicity and excited both the North and South. ~ Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission".

References:
reported by RL Wandel

Photographs:
RM Thies, 1998
RL Wandel, April 27, 2005
DE McGovern, July 11, 2005

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Lawrence, Douglas County

Liberty Memorial High School

Lawrence Liberty High School

Type: Bronze Plaque

Description: This plaque, mounted in the high school, displays Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The inscription plaque below the main display reads: "Presented By ~ The Grand Army Of The Republic ~ Womans Relief Corps ~ Ladies Of The Grand Army Of The Republic ~ Sons Of Veterans And ~ Sons Of Veterans Auxiliary ~ Of Lawrence Kansas".

There are reports of another plaque that is in storage.

References:
reported by C Sundell

Photographs:
RL Wandel, March 4, 2004

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Lawrence, Douglas County

Oak Hill Cemetery
(southeast of town center)

Lawrence Cemetery

Lawrence Cemetery


Type: Granite Monument and Fountain

Description: A large CW marker is located in Section 7 of the cemetery. It faces west with the inscription of the dedication. On the east side is the inscription "GAR ~ One By One They Are Passing". On the west side is inscribed: "Erected 1918 By The W.R.C. No. 9 ~ And Dedicated To The Memory ~ Of Union Soldiers Who Sleep ~ In Unknown Graves."

There is also a fountain and a bronze plate of dedication for the fountain. It is located in an intersection island between Sections 1,3 and 7. The inscription reads: "This Fountain Is Dedicated By The Women's Relief Corps ~ Number 9, Department Of Kansas, Auxiliary To The Grand ~ Army Of The Republic, As An Enduring Memorial Of Per ~ petual Service To The Living, In Loving Remembrance ~ Of Comrade Robert S. and Mary J. McFarland."

References:
reported by RL Wandel

Photographs:
RM Thies, 1994
RL Wandel, December 31, 2004

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Lawrence, Douglas County

Oak Hill Cemetery
(southeast of town center)

Lawrence Oak Hill Cemetery

Type: Granite Monument and Mass Graves

Description: A large marker is located in Section 3 of the cemetery. It faces west with the inscription: "Dedicated To The Memory Of ~ The One Hundred And Fifty Citizens ~ Who Defenceless Fell ~ Victims To The Inhuman Ferocity Of Border ~ Guerrillas Led By The Infamous Quantrell ~ In The Raid Upon Lawrence, ~ August 21, 1863 ~ Erected May 30th, 1885". The east side is inscribed: "The Roll Of Their Names May Be Found In The ~ City Clerk's Office, Lawrence, And In The ~ Records Of The State Historical ~ Society, Topeka".

To the east of the monument are two mass burials of some of the victims.

References:
reported by DE McGovern

Photographs:
DE McGovern, April 23, 2005

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Lawrence, Douglas County

Pioneer Cemetery
(old Oread Cemetery - KU Campus)

Lawrence Pioneer Cemetery

Type: Granite Monument

Description: Small marker to several pioneer soldiers (cost $100). The marker is completely surrounded by bushes, making it impossible to find any inscriptions or dedications. The original copper plaque (missing since ~1915(?) was inscribed: "To The Unknown Dead Union Soldiers Of The Civil War".

References:
Martin, 1910

Photographs:
DE McGovern, February 20, 2005

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW CWM #61 form on file





Lawrence, Douglas County

Pioneer Park

Lawrence Pioneer Park

Type: Cannon

Description: 30 Pounder Parrott Rifle mounted on a concrete pedestal. There is no inscription.

References:
Stark, 1997, Thies, 2004

Photographs:
RM Thies June, 15, 1994
RL Wandel
DE McGovern, February 20, 2005

SUV Registry Status: Primary Memorial
SUVCW documentation needed





Lecompton, Douglas County

Constitution Hall

Lecompton

Type: Building

Description: This hall was the meeting Hall for the Grand Army of the Republic from about 1875 to 1895.

This building, constructed in late 1856, was used by the Second Territorial Assembly in January 1857, and the Lecompton Constitutional Convention in September to November 1857. It was later used for a variety of applications including as a hotel, dormitory for Lane University, Lecompton City Council, Undertakers parlor, telephone office and voting place. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is a museum.

References:
reported by DE McGovern

Photographs:
DE McGovern, April 14, 2007

SUV Registry Status: Secondary Memorial
no SUVCW documentation planned





Vinland, Douglas County

Cemetery
(north of town)

Vinland

Vinland

Vinland


Type: Stone Grave Marker

Description: A stone grave marker has cast emblems for GAR and LGAR as part of its decoration.

References:
reported by RL Wandel

Photographs:
R Wandel, August 15, 2005

SUV Registry Status: Secondary Memorial
no SUVCW documentation planned




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Updated April 25, 2007 - DE McGovern