Lincoln in Lancaster County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces to Europe in World War I, was Professor of Military Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln between September 1891 and June 1895. Upon his arrival in Lincoln, which was to become his family's home, Pershing found the morale of the Reserve Officers Training Corps at low ebb. To infuse life into the corps, Pershing built an elite drill team which eventually became known as the Society of Pershing Rifles.
The organization served its purpose well, and from 1900-1911 it carried prestige not only in military circles but in the social life of the University as well. Many of its young officer-graduates were on active duty in the Spanish-American War and in World War I. After Pershing was transferred to another post, interest in the Rifles waned and in 1917 it was disbanded. Interest returned in the 1920s, and in 1925 a chapter was installed at Ohio State University. Today Pershing Rifle Societies are found in over 100 universities. Pershing was elected to the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1964, and his bust placed in the Nebraska State Capitol in 1965.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Patriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1895.
Location. 40° 49.265′ N, 96° 42.093′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Nebraska, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of Vine Street and 14th Street, on the right when traveling west on Vine Street. Marker is in front of the Military and Naval Science Building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln west campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln NE 68588, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mammuthus Columbi (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mueller Tower at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (about 400 feet away); The Lewis-Syford House (approx. 0.2 miles away); "America's Mission" (approx. ¼ mile away); Osborne Athletic Complex (approx. ¼ mile away); The University of Nebraska (approx. 0.3 miles away); RHO Chapter House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Nebraska State Historical Society (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Regarding Pershing Rifles.
Also see . . .
1. National Society of Pershing Rifles. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on October 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.