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The Confederate Monument

The monument at Third and Brandeis was erected in 1895 by the Kentucky Women's Confederate Monument Association to honor the rank and file of Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.  The monument cost $12,000, a handsome sum for the time.

The granite was supplied by the Muldoon Monument Company of Louisville. The three bronze figures of an artilleryman (right side) cavalryman (left side) and infantryman (standing at the top were sculpted in Munich by Ferdinand von Miller the Younger.

The monument nearly didn't survive to our time, and it is threatened even now.  Public opposition prevented its removal as a traffic hazard in the 1920s and 1940s, though the original 48-foot diameter circle was reduced in size, and the lighting removed in the 1950s.  More recently, in the 1990s, many calls for its removal have come as the monument is "politically incorrect" for our times.  Ornamental trees have been planted near the base of the monument to somewhat obscure its message.

Confederate Monument ca 1905
"Louisville, Confederate Monument"
Postcard mailed in 1906

"Confederate Monument, Third Avenue
Louisville, Ky"
Postcards mailed 1910 & 1912

"Confederate Monument, Louisville, KY"
Postcard mailed 1902
Earliest view of the Monument

Five similar views, but each indeed different!

"Confederate Monument, Louisville, Ky"

Vintage Postcard Views of Louisville

Old Louisville 
     Second Street  
     Third Avenue  
     Fourth Avenue  
     St James Court  
     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
     The 1937 Flood  

Louisville (the rest of the city)
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  
     The Old Court House  
     City Hall
     East to West along Broadway 
     The Seelbach Hotel  
     Railroad Stations   
     Without extended descriptions:
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   


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