May 10th

Today Company __  performed the melancholy duty of consigning one of its members to the tomb. He died last evening at 8 o’clock from an attack of brain fever. How little he thought his comrades would be called upon so soon to lay the last tribute to humanity, but life is fleeting.  And though he will never see the contest of armies, nor see the clash of arms. Yet we may hope he is engaging  a far better scene where fierce contentions and disabling wars are unknown.

Joseph Proper was the first soldier to die at Cantonment Anderson in Grand Rapids, MI and the U.S. Army buried him at Oakhill Cemetery on land they purchased for the purpose. A dedication ceremony was held on May 7th, 2011. Read more about the event here.

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