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KHS to rededicate historical marker at gravesite of unknown Confederate soldier

Times Staff Report

March 14, 2013

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will rededicate a historical marker to an unknown Confederate soldier at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at Breaks Interstate Park near Elkhorn City.


In May 1865 a Confederate soldier, apparently on his way to home to the South, was struck down by an unknown assassin. Four local men constructed a coffin from a great oak and buried him nearby. A rose bush also marks this final resting place of a soldier who is “known but to God.”


Originally dedicated in 1987, this historical marker was destroyed by a vehicle in November 2012. The Elkhorn City Heritage Council raised funds this winter for a replacement.


The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history, in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways; online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available for free at iTunes and Google Play.


For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or becky.riddle@ky.gov.