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The Lloyd Tilghman Memorial is an historical statue located in Paducah Kentucky, honoring native son Lloyd Tilghman, a brigadier general for the Confederate States of America who died at the Battle of Champion Hill in May 1863.

Lloyd Tilghman was a native of Maryland that lived in Paducah from 1852-1861. joined the Confederate army on July 5, 1861 as a colonel, but was promoted to general the next October. He was placed in charge of the engineering of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, succeeding another general, but was unable to stop the building of the militarily deficient Henry until too late. He was captured at the Battle of Fort Henry, and would not return to duty until the next Fall, which led to his death during the Vicksburg Campaign.[1]

In 1909 it was decided to honor Tilghman. Tilghman's sons Frederick and Sidell and the United Daughters of the Confederacy jointly paid for the building of the monument, with the brothers paying $10,000 and the UDC paying $5,000.[2][3]

The statue was made by Henry Hudson Kitson, then a resident of Boston, Massachusetts who immigrated from England.[4] The statue depicting Tilghman is made of bronze, and is on top of a pink granite pedestal and base. The total height is twelve feet. The two bases are perfect squares of seventeen feet and 25 feet. The historical marker at the site was placed there by the Augusta Tilghman High School class of 1929.[4][5][6]

On July 17, 1997, it was one of sixty-one different monuments to the Civil War in Kentucky placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Civil War Monuments of Kentucky Multiple Property Submission. One other monument on the list, the Confederate Monument in Paducah, is nearby. Tilghman's home in Paducah is also on the National Register, and currently serves as a museum.


  1. Raab, James Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman: A Biography (McFarland, 2006) pp.33, 48-51, 197, 198
  2. Brent, Joseph Lloyd Tilghman Memorial NRHP Nomination Form (Kentucky Heritage Council, 1997) pg.1
  3. Bush, Bryan. Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman: “As a man, a soldier, and a general, he had few, if any, superiors. January 13, 2007
  4. 4.0 4.1 Brent p.1
  5. Paducah, Ky.
  6. McCracken County Historical Markers Kentucky Historical Society

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