William Dudley Chipley Obelisk
William Dudley Chipley was born on June 6th. 1840. William Chipley fought for the Confederacy during the civil war. During this time he was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 9th Kentucky Infantry. After the civil war he moved on to become a railroad executive and the mayor of Pensacola, Florida. This monument was built by the people of Pensacola to honor William after he passed away.
Backstory and Context
Once William Chipley graduated he joined the 9th Kentucky Infantry. He had been wounded in two different battles which were the battles of Chickamauga and Shiloh. He made it to the rank of lieutenant colonel before being captured at the Battle of Peachtree Creek in Georgia. He was kept Johnson's Island in Ohio for the remainder of the Civil War. Once the war was over, he was brought to trial for the murders of Union soldiers which was called the Ashburn affair. The jury found him not guilty, and he was freed.
Turner, Gregg. A Short History of Florida Railroads. Arcadia Publishing, 2003.