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Col. Frank Wolford: Commemorating a Worthy Man with a sculpture in Columbia

Series of forums start July 7th and public participation is invited

By Vonnie Kolbenschlag

Colonel Frank Lane Wolford is considered by many to be theoutstanding Kentuckian in the Civil War because of his bravery,leadership, devotion to his men of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry, and hisstaunch stand for the principles he believed in.


A strong Unionist, Wolford, a skilled lawyer and veteran of theMexican War, could not stand the thought of the United States dividedinto separate countries. Kentucky had voted overwhelmingly againstsecession, but wanted to remain neutral. Wolford saw the need toorganize troops for the defense of the state.

Wolfrod then helped recruit men to form the U.S. 1st Kentucky Cavalryat Camp Dick Robinson in Garrard County in 1861. Shortly afterward hewas made the commander of the regiment, which grew to 12 companiescomposed of approximately 100 men each. The men came from the southcentral part of Kentucky and were known as "Wolford's Men."Detachments of the 1st fought at Camp Wildcat, Mill Springs,Perryville, Dutton's Hill, and numerous other battles and skirmishes.They guarded supply lines and arms shipments.

July 3, 1863, John Hunt Morgan came through Columbia

On July 3, 1863, John Hunt Morgan came through Columbia on his GreatRaid. Only a limited number of the 1st was present, but came togetherat Lebanon and pursued Morgan's Raiders with Wolford in the lead,until Morgan's surrender in Ohio.

Series of forums at Lindsey Wilson College

There will be a series of forums at Lindsey Wilson College on July 7,19; August 9, 23, and Septembr 6, at 7:00 p.m., central time, at theSlider Humanities Building. The purpose of the forums is to discusswith sculptor Tim Smith, the proposed stone sculpture of the 1stKentucky cavalry with Wolford in the lead. Smith wants to hearstories that have been passed down about the Civl War. He wants totell you how he hopes to portray the 1st through the sculpture whichis proposed to be set on the hillside of the City Cemetery, visiblefrom KY 55 North along the John Hunt Morgan Trail, and get your inputand suggestions. Please bring photographs that pertain to the CivilWar.

We can bring together a highly qualified sculptor and Civil War hero,who, after the war, was elected to both state and Federal governmentpositions. Wolford is buried in the Columbia City Cemetery.

The forums are free and open to the public. High school studentsinterested in the sculpting process are invited to attend and learnabout sculpting by participating as the work processes.


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Breaking ground for Civil War Monument



2005-07-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. BREAKING GROUND FOR THE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL to be erected in Columbia are, from left: Tim Smith, sculptor and Art Director at Lindsey Wilson; Robert Flowers, President of the Bank of Columbia; Ralph Gilbert Curry, VFW Post 6097; Sue Stivers, Executive Director Chamber of Commerce; James Troutman, VFW Post 6097; Pat Bell, Mayor of Columbia; Richard Phelps, President Chamber of Commerce and Edgar Troutman and Kenneth Scott from VFW Post 6097. Click 'read more' for the details.
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Attending ground breaking for Civil War Monument



2005-07-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo George Kolbenschlag. THESE SUPPORTERS LOOKED ON as the ground was broken for Columbia's Civil War Monument on Saturday. From left are: Jimmy Barbee and his mother Ruby Barbee, Joe Flowers, Carolyn Keefe, Joe Russell Barbee and granddaughter Jennifer Barbee Earnhart, and Monument project director Vonnie Kolbenschlag standing behind Mrs. Alta Garnett.
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Artist's initial sketch and the Civil War project driver



2005-07-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy. TIM SMITH'S SKETCH FOR THE PROPOSED CIVIL WAR MONUMENT, at left, drew praise from the crowd at Saturday's groundbreaking. No one was more pleased than the project driver and grant writer, Vonnie Kolbenschlag. Without her consistent hard work the monument would not be underway. Click 'read more' for details.
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Sculpture enters a new phase of development



2005-08-18 - Columbia, KY - Photo George Kolbenschlag. COLUMBIA'S CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL is in the stage now where the letters on the curved piece of wood are being brushed with a rubber solution that will harden into a mold. Artist Tim Smith, pictured at work above, is in charge of the memorial. The letters say First Kentucky Cavalry. The public is invited to be part of the process. Click 'read more' for the story.
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