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Three Rivers in Saint Joseph County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial

 
 
Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
1. Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial Marker
Inscription.

On this Memorial Site
Forever Set Apart and Maintained by
Riverside Cemetery Association
There has been Erected this St. Joseph County
Native Boulder
By Ed. M. Prutzman Post G.A.R. and Woman’s Relief Corps
Citizens Generously Assisting;
And on Memorial Day May 30, 1903,
Dedicated
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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Legendary Battle (approx. 0.8 miles away); Three Rivers (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Three Rivers Public Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic District
Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial Boulder and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
2. Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial Boulder and Marker
(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); Moab (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Three Rivers.
 
Additional comments.
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 fife
   At dawn shall call to arms.

The neighing troop, the flashing blade,
   The
Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
3. Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial
Located in Riverside Cemetery
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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Stanza from Bivouac of the Dead image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
4. Stanza from Bivouac of the Dead
Stanzas from the poem Bivouac of the Dead are displayed on four metal plaques that surround the memorial boulder
Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 9, 2014
5. Three Rivers Soldiers Memorial
Four metal plaques with stanzas from the poem Bivouac of the Dead surround the memorial boulder
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 11, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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