A public information meeting is being held held this afternoon in Louisville to address the future of the oldest Civil War Monument in the U.S. The Bloedner Monument was erected at Cave Hill Cemetery in 1867, and its soft limestone has been severely damaged by the elements.
Kristen Laise with the group Heritage Preservation says it was removed from Cave Hill in December.
“It just has weathered away significantly, to the point that, if it hadn’t been moved indoors when it was, it could have been severely damaged in the ice storm,” says Laise.
Minor restoration has been completed on the monument and now a number of groups, including the Department for Veterans Affairs, are looking for a permanent home for the monument that is indoors and free for the public to see.
They’re received proposals from the Frazier International History Museum, the George Patton Museum at Fort Knox, and a history museum in Munfordville.