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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 (GAR). 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 (WRC), Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (LGAR), 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.


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. In Kansas, we 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 GAR 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 GAR, 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.


Memorials and Monuments have been successfully located and documented from almost all Kansas counties. To view the listings, enter here:

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Kansas Memorials and Monuments

The listings include:

Primary Memorials These memorials have a direct lineage to the Civil War veteran. They may have been directly sponsored or erected by the GAR, WRC, or LGAR. 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 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 interest to the SUVCW, are included here for two reasons. First, they do honor our ancestors who fought to preserve the Union. Second, they indicate that their locale has been surveyed.



It is impossible to visit cemeteries without noticing the gravestones and cast medallions that reference the GAR and the WRC. 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:

GAR Medallions

WRC Medallions



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

List of References and Contributors

Lest We Forget


This is a very large project and we can use your assistance. If you know of a GAR monument or Civil War-related memorial (of any size/design) near you, we invite you to share this information with the SUVCW. Please contact our Department Civil War Memorials Officer with any information.

Since many of these memorials and monuments have not been previously documented, any information is helpful. If you know of a Kansas memorial or monument that is not on this list, please let us know.

If your Grandparents told you about a memorial or monument that they knew of, please let us know.

If you suspect there might be a memorial or monument that is not on the list, please let us know.

Note that this does not include individual grave markers (headstones) but may include large stone markers, monuments, soldier statues, memorial arches, cannons, plaques, stained glass windows, etc.

Help us locate these precious memories so that we can appropriately honor "those who gave their today for our tomorrow".

For full survey documentation, the following information is recorded:

  • Location
    • town
    • location in relation to any major landmarks
    • name of cemetery, museum, or park

  • Description
    • granite monument
    • stone monument
    • soldier statue
    • pavilion
    • memorial arch
    • etc

  • Photos - any format
    • "scenic" photo of front
    • four sides
    • close up of details

  • Inscriptions - if any
    • inscriptions
    • dedications
    • plaques
    • etc

  • References - if known
    • documented surveys
    • historical lists
    • etc

Department Civil War Memorials Officer - Douglas E. McGovern

Updated April 25, 2007 - DE McGovern

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