A PLEA FOR A SOLDIERS' MONUMENT
by Adella Helmerhausen
Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914
History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.
In Lee County, to Stand in The Court House Square.

Ay, lift the noble shaft to fame
Revere the soldier dead!
Their warfare and their valor name
Where freedom and where glory claim
The conquest which they led.
The battle-legions of the free.
The sires and sons of loyal Lee.

Some sleep beneath the southern sun
Where cypress copse is green;
Some sleep where Shiloh waters run.
Where coast sands sift from grey to dim
The hemlock hills between.
The battle-legions of the free
The sires and sons of loyal Lee.

Near Father Dixon's cabin home
Where Ogee's ferry crossed,
Where wild gulls soar to heaven's dome,
Where waters whiten into foam
By boulders grey and mossed;
Ay, lift the noble shaft on high
To earth and river, wood and sky.

From Sangamon brave Lincoln came
In early Illinois,
He saw the settler's roof in flame,
The tomahawk, the scalping shame
The redman's savage joy.
His comrades then in bravery
The sires and sons of loyal Lee.

O lovely Lee, at Franklin Grove,
The sylvan woodlands by,
The wild deer there no longer rove,
The birch canoe no more in cove,
The creeks and waters nigh,
There wood doves call in twilight gloam.
There white gulls soar to heaven's dome.

Ay, lift the noble shaft! In tears
Recall the loved at home.
The wife of all the widowed years,
The soldiers' orphans. In their cheers
Is sob at twilight gloam.
Their sacrifice no meagre part.
The aching hunger of the heart.

My uncle fell at Perryville
That dark October day.
"First sergeant missing" (war news ill)
"Missing" his mother whispered still
When old and bent and gray.
Unknown. In Nameless Graves. Ah me!
The sires and sons of loyal Lee.

Ay, lift the noble shaft to fame.
Revere the soldier dead!
Call muster, speak each honored name.
Where glory and where valor claim
The conquest which they led.
Sound “ Taps”! Ay, lift the shaft on high
To earth and River, wood and sky!

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