Oldest surviving Civil War monument to get new home (Kentucky)

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The Frazier International History Museum will be the new home of the Bloedner Monument, the nation’s oldest surviving Civil War memorial.

Left behind after the 1861 Battle of Rowlett’s Station near Munfordville, Ky., the monument was recently rescued and restored following decades of exposure that nearly destroyed it at Cave Hill Cemetery, where it has rested since 1867.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Cemetery Administration selected the Frazier based on its Civil War exhibit plans, controlled environment, financial stability, annual visitation and proximity to Cave Hill National Cemetery.

“It’s a very good spot for it,” said Sara Amy Leach, senior historian with the cemetery association, who has said the monument is of great national significance, especially as the nation prepares to mark the war’s 150th anniversary...

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