As you make your way to the flagpole from the 150th Ohio National Guard monument, you will see three bronze plaques painted black that have been mounted around the perimeter of the graves. On these plaques are words to a poem known as The Bivouac* of The Dead. The poem was written in 1847 by Theodore O'Hara and the endearing lines of the poem fittingly sum up the words of appreciation for the men buried here and the heroic deeds they accomplished.
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.
Rest on, embalmed and sainted dead,
Dear as the blood ye gave,
No impious footstep here shall tread
The herbage of your grave.
Walk to the flagpole in the center of the graves. Hit NEXT when you arrive.
(*Bivouac, pronounced Biv-whack, is a French word meaning camp.)