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.
Erected by Pershing Rifles Pledge Class of 1984, Company A (Pershing's Own), and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 290.)
Marker series. Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Military and Naval Science Building on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln west campus. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln NE 68588, United States of America.
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); "America's Mission" (approx. ¼ mile away); Osborne Athletic Complex (approx. ¼ mile away); The Nebraska State Historical Society (approx. 0.3 miles away); Original Site of St. Paul Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln's Founding Block (approx. half a mile away); U.S. Post Office and Courthouse (Old City Hall) (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
Regarding Pershing Rifles. The contributor is a proud retired P/R MSgt from The Ohio State University.
Also see . . .
1. National Society of Pershing Rifles. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. John J. Pershing Collection at Nebraska State Historical Society. (Submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.