Ky CSA Monument Dedicated Vicksburg, MS

After nearly 15 years of work by the officers and men of the Kentucky Division (and quite a lot of help from our allied organizations, the UDC and OCR), the Kentucky Confederate Monument at Vicksburg, Mississippi is a reality. On a beautiful Saturday, the 8th of May 2010, with flourishes from an Alabama brass band, musket volleys from the 3rd Kentucky Infantry re-enactors and cannon salutes by several Mississippi batteries of artillery, SCV Executive Director Ben Sewell, acting as the appointed representative of Governor Steve Beshear , accepted “title” to the monument from Division Commander Dr. T. Y. Hiter and passed it on to Superintendent Mike Madell, of the National Park Service.

It was, as stated, a glorious morning, all round. Re-enactors from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi formed a guard of honor that marched to the site of the monument and rendered military honors. Children from Kentucky and across the South, led by CoC national president Richard Fairchild unveiled the massive granite marker, and ladies from both the Kentucky and Mississippi Divisions of the UDC and OCR laid wreaths. Pictures were taken. Speeches were given. Most of all, though, the men of the Kentucky regiments who served there were honored. So may it always be.