Located on M-29 in downtown Algonac, Michigan stands this beautiful G.A.R. Monument. Just to the rear of the park in which it resides is the St. Clair River. It’s a nice setting. The statue was originally erected in 1905. It looks to be in great shape for its age. American soldiers from other eras are also honored at the spot. As you drive along the road approaching the statue it immediately catches the eye-if one is not looking at the Dairy Queen across the street from it. As I visited the spot, I remembered some poetry from Stephen Vincent Benet’s epic “John Brown’s Body” about the Union soldier:
“This is the roughest life that you ever saw.
If I ever get back home—“
And, over and over, in stiff, patriotic phrases,
“I am resigned to die for the Union, mother.
If we die in this battle, we will have died for the right,
We will have died bravely—you can trust us for that.
It is only right to die for our noble Union.
We will save it or die for it.
Theres just one thing.
I hope I die quick.”
As I looked at the monument, I thought that nothing more be thought than what the poet said.