Three Rivers in Saint Joseph County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial
Forever Set Apart and Maintained by
Riverside Cemetery Association
There has been Erected this St. Joseph County
By Ed. M. Prutzman Post G.A.R. and Woman’s Relief Corps
Citizens Generously Assisting;
And on Memorial Day May 30, 1903,
To the Perpetual memory of the Soldiers of
All Wars - Defenders of the Republic.
Erected 1903 by Ed. M. Prutzman Post of the Grand Army of the Republic and Woman’s Relief Corps.
Location. 41° 56.658′ N, 85° 37.109′ W. Marker is in Three Rivers, Michigan, in Saint Joseph County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Jefferson Street and 3rd Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located 500 feet east of the main entrance to Riverside Cemetery; the above directions are to the cemetery entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Three Rivers MI 49093, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sue Silliman House (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Site of Legendary Battle (approx. 0.8 miles away); Three Rivers (approx. 0.8 miles Old Three Rivers Public Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away); Three Rivers Town Cannon (approx. 0.9 miles away); French Trading Post (approx. one mile away); Three Rivers Civil War Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Rivers.
1. Bivouac of the Dead
Surrounding the marker boulder are four metal plaques with stanzas from the poem "Bivouac of the Dead" by Theodore O'Hara. O'Hara wrote the poem as a remembrance of his fellow soldiers from Kentucky who died in the Mexican-American War. The poem is oft quoted and displayed at soldier memorials and monuments.
The four stanzas displayed here are:
On Fame’s eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.
No rumor of the foe’s advance
Now swells upon the wind,
No troubled though at midnight haunts
Of loved ones left behind.
No vision of the morrow’s strife,
The warrior’s dream alarms,
No braying horn nor screaming
At dawn shall call to arms.
The neighing troop, the flashing blade,
The bugle’s stirring blast,
The charge, the dreadful cannonade,
The din and shout are past.
To learn more about the poem, visit the Wikipedia entry on Bivouac of the Dead.
— Submitted July 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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