Monuments and Memorial Database

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 as 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. We in Kansas are fortunate to have a number of outstanding monuments, memorials, and outdoor sculpture to serve as the focus for these remembrances. Many of these owe their existence to the local citizens of each town, city, or county that chose to erect a memorial. Unfortunately, neither the G.A.R. nor the local environs maintained comprehensive records of the location and description of their contributions.

As legal heir to the G.A.R., the preservation of Civil War memorials is one of the most important purposes of the SUVCW. The Civil War / GAR Memorials Cataloging Program has the goal to physically search out inspect and catalog each and every GAR memorial that can be found. Once a GAR monument or Civil War related memorial (of any size/design) is identified, the committee requests the preparation and submission of a Civil War Memorials Assessment Form (CWM #61) to record information such as location, description, physical details, condition, environmental factors, and local contacts. 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. With proper care, these monuments will continue to stand in tribute to those who saved the Union during the conflict of 1861 to 1865.
A copy of the Assessment Form is available at: Civil War Memorials Assessment Form (CWM #61)

Memorial Documentation

Only a few of the Kansas memorials are completely identified with CWM#61 forms. These are listed below. It is the plan to extend this list to include all of the major memorials that have been found. Links are provided to the individual description of the monument, the submitted CWM#61 form and, where available, the nomination form for Listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Soldier and Sailors Monument

1st and Walnut, Hutchinson, Reno County

38.053492, -97.930078

Refer to Hutchinson, Reno County entry for related information.

SUVCW CWM #61 form on file:
Soldier and Sailors Monument CWM#61

National Register Nomination on file:
Soldier and Sailors Monument National Register

Pioneer Cemetery

Constant Avenue at Irving Hill Road, KU Campus
Lawrence, Douglas County

38.953139, -95.261720

Refer to Lawrence, Douglas County entry for related information.

SUVCW CWM #61 form on file:
Pioneer Cemetery Monument CWM#61

Recruits Marker

700 Block, New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, Douglas County

38.970594, -95.235159

Refer to Lawrence, Douglas County entry for related information.

SUVCW CWM #61 form on file:
Union Recuits Marker CWM#61

Civil War Monument

Hillside Cemetery (NW of town)
Kinsley, Edwards County

Coordinates: 37.936242, -99.448439

Refer to Kinsley,Edwards County entry for related information.

SUVCW CWM #61 form on file:
Kinsley CW Monument CWM#61

National Register Nomination on file:
Kinsley CW Monument National Register

Other Recognitions

References and Contributors

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.