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Illinois Civil War Memorial

Memphis National Cemetery - Memphis, Tennessee

This monument erected by the State of Illinois in 1928 to the glorious memory of the soldiers of Illinois who fought in the Civil War 1861 - 1865.

When President Lincoln called for volunteers to defend the life of our imperiled nation, these valiant sons of Illinois, together, with other heroes, offered their lives with patriotism unsurpassed.

With unflinching bravery they fought the bloody battles of the great Civil War for Union and Liberty. Upon them therefore a grateful state bestows the crown of undying affection and the Laurel of Victory.

From The 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.

This Rose Garden is dedicated to the memory and honor of all veterans through the generosity of the local districts of the veterans of Foreign Wars, The Tipton County Veterans Council, The Junior League Garden Club, The Memphis Rose Society, The Dixie Rose Club, Jackson and Perkins Roses, and Dan West Garden Centers. The Rose is "Knockout", a shrub rose known for its strength and endurance. May 2005.