Mexican - American War Memorial - Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
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N 35° 14.462 W 087° 20.099
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There are only 15, to my knowledge, Mexican War (1846) Memorials in the United States.
Waymark Code: WMV26K
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 02/11/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
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County of memorial: Lawrence County
Location of memorial: #1 Public Square, Lawrenceburg
Built: 1849 - Rebuilt 1895
Original builder: L. W. Kirby
rebuilt by: Jas. E. Sloan & Co.

Monument Text:
(Proper Front):

This column:
Erected by the
grateful countrymen
of the
citizen soldiers
who gave their lives a
willing sacrifice
at their country's call
May it be held
by posterity
and inspire future
generations with love of
Valor and Patriotism.

(Proper left): Let posterity remember that the VALOR of the citizen-soldier scaled the Rocky Mountains, planted our eagles on the shores of the Pacific, doubled our country's area, and opened a new path to the commerce of Asia.

Erected by: L.W. Kirby 1849
Rebuilt by Jas. E. Sloan & Co.
under resolution of the Gen.
Assembly of Tenn. A.D. 1895

(Proper Right):

to the memory of
Capt. W.B. Allen
J.R. Burkett
W.M. Alford
F. Glover
W. Rhodes
A.J. Pratt
A.J. Gibson
A.J. Eaton
Lt. L.M. Putman
J.H. Sanders
J.A. Hill
S.B. Porter
E.W. Thomas
J.F Coffee
R.D. Willis
J.H. Turner
B.H. Dalton
J.H. Johnson
P.H. Martin
J.H Elliott
B. Soaper
E. Prior
J.H. Allison
H. Collins
W.H. Robinson
J.M.L. Campbell
of the 1st Regiment
Tennessee Volunteers
who fell on the 21st Sept 1846
at the capture of
by the American Army
under the command of
Maj. Gen Z. Taylor
And of all Tennesseans who
died of wound or diseases
received or contracted during
their service in the war
with Mexico

(Proper Rear):

Died of Disease
S.H. Allen
M. Socwell
J. Billingsly
J. Farris
L. Garrett
J. Goodman
J.M. Gray
S. G. Keltner
W.W. Lindsey
E. Tucker
J.W. Walker
A. Boswell
A.L. Lindsey

How sleep the brave
who sink to rest
by all their country
wishes blest.

Liet. G. H. Nixon died
July 4th 1887
Pvt. Lemuel B Askew
Born 1803
Died 1851

"Civil War monuments are aplenty around the United States, but if you are looking for a monument remembering the Mexican-American War of the mid 1840s, there are only 2 in America, one of which is shown here in Lawrenceburg, TN. Planning began on the War Monument in 1849 and the city legislature passed a resolution on 1/9/1850 to appropriate $1,500 to erect it. The monument was created to perpetuate the memory of the "Lawrenceburg Blues" and Captain William B. Allen who fought in the Mexican War. It has a four square base supporting a shaft running skyward and is on the north side of the Lawrenceburg town square." ~ Brent Moore

"The Lawrence County Courthouse was spared from being burned late in 1863. Because Major Gibbon and the Union soldiers feared damage to the Mexican War Monument erected beside the courthouse." ~ TennWebGen

More can be read about Tennessee in the Mexican War Tennessee State Library and Archives

War: Mexican - American War (1846)

Is it permanently accessible to the public?: yes

Is it necessary to pay a fee to gain access to the place?: no

Year of the memorial or monument: 1849 - rededicated 1895

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