New Union Monument will be dedicated at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

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Volume 37-338 For Immediate Release: Sept. 16, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. – A monument devoted to the Union soldiers that fought at the Battle of Lexington during the Civil War will be dedicated at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington Saturday, Sept. 26. The dedication will be held at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

Donated by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the monument features a brief description of Union efforts during the 1861 battle, a list of the Federal units involved in the battle and a citation for Medal of Honor recipient George H. Palmer of Company G, 1st Illinois Cavalry.

The featured speaker at the dedication will be U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton and remarks will be given by representatives from the Department of Natural Resources. Other speakers will be SUVCW Department of Missouri commander Brian Smarker; SUVCW Phelps Camp No. 66 commander Greg Wait; Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States representative Todd Wilkinson; and David Luff, a descendant of George Palmer. Joe Maghe, who is loaning the historic site several sabers and a gun used by the 23rd Illinois or Irish Brigade for display in the visitor center through September, will be recognized during the ceremony. The sabers and gun will be on view during the dedication.

The monument has been placed on the battlefield near the gravesite of unknown Union soldiers. The Daughters of Union Veterans will place wreathes on these graves during the ceremony.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on Delaware Street in Lexington. It was the location of a major Civil War battle on Sept. 18-20, 1861. The Anderson House was used as a field hospital for both sides during the battle. The site features tours of the house, a free visitor center and a self-guided trail around the battlefield.

For more information, contact the historic site at 660-259-4654 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at