FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15, 2011
CONTACT: Kimberly Wade
Public Relations Director
Lexington Cemetery conducts Civil War History Walk
Lexington, KY-As The United States begins to observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Lexington Cemetery invites the community to participate in a History Walk of its grounds on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 9 a.m. beginning at the Henry Clay Monument. The tour will be led by Kentucky Historian Ronald Bryant.
Bryant will trace the history of Lexington and its cemetery leading up to and following the Civil War. Walkers will learn about interesting people like Captain Cary G. Gratz, General John Hunt Morgan, Basil Duke and many other Union and Confederate soldiers buried in The Lexington Cemetery..
Although the Civil War brought division among families, the Lexington Cemetery Company maintained a position of political neutrality. Sympathizers of each sided owned lots in the cemetery, and Lexington soldiers died for both the Confederacy and the Union. Separate "soldiers' grounds" were set aside for the burial of Union and Confederate troops.
"Since its inception in 1848, the management and grounds staff of the community memorial site has devoted itself to developing and preserving the natural and historic beauty of the cemetery," said Dan Scalf, president and general manager of The Lexington Cemetery. "As part of their community service, the cemetery enjoys sharing the history of people memorialized in The Lexington Cemetery with people of Central Kentucky."
The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. The Lexington Cemetery always provides a wonderful natural outdoors classroom setting to learn about history.
For more information regarding the History Walk, contact 859-255-5522. For more information about history of The Lexington Cemetery, http://www.lexcem.org/.