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National Cemetery Administration

Conservation and Relocation of the 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument

The 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument, 2008 - Present

In poor condition for many years, the 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument was removed from Cave Hill National Cemetery in December 2008 for professional conservation.

Professional conservators undertook multiple treatments to clean and stabilize the monument. The first step was to affix it to a contemporary base to facilitate movement. Inappropriate repairs were removed, including cement that was injected into cracks decades ago. An anti-microbial biocide was applied to the stone to remove biological soiling. Next, the monument was cleaned with a gentle detergent, scrubbed with soft bristle brushes and rinsed off with distilled water. A consolidant was applied to strengthen and stabilize the stone surface. The last step was to fill in the cracks with an appropriate mortar, matching the color of the monument.

The monument was placed on display at the Frazier International History Museum (since renamed the Frazier History Museum) in August 2010 as a long-term loan from National Cemetery Administration (NCA). It is too fragile to ever return to an outdoor setting.

Today, the 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument is located in the foyer of the Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202; http://www.fraziermuseum.org/visit/*. There is no charge to the public to visit the monument here.

To continue to honor the soldiers buried at Cave Hill National Cemetery, NCA commissioned the John Stevens Shop of Newport, Rhode Island, to hand-carve a successor monument. Installed in Cave Hill National Cemetery in September 2011, it was dedicated on December 16, 2011, almost exactly 150 years after the Battle of Rowlett's Station.

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