San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bivouac of the Dead
By Theodore O'Hara
The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo,
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.
Erected by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military.
Location. 29° 25.282′ N, 98° 28.002′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Memorial can be reached from Paso Hondo, 0.2 miles west of North Palmetto. The marker is located just past the entrance of the San Antonio National Cemetery on the east side of the cemetery road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 517 Paso Hondo, San Antonio TX 78202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A National Cemetery System (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Address (a few steps from this marker); San Antonio National CemeteryFolded Flag Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Captain Lee Hall (a few steps from this marker); Samuel S. Smith (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Frederick King (about 300 feet away); D.A. (Jack) Harris (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
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When war against Mexico was declared in May 1846, O'Hara left Washington, D.C. to return to his native Kentucky in order to enlist. Within a month, he was appointed Captain of the Kentucky Volunteers, and served as their assistant quartermaster. Before he returned to Kentucky in 1847, he was made a brevet major. After hearing of the severe losses that the 2nd Kentucky Infantry and Kentucky cavalry suffered from the Battle of Buena Vista, O'Hara wrote "Bivouac of the Dead" in dedication of the fallen troops. Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on July 15, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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