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THE OTIS HENRY MEMORIAL

Rose Hill Cemetery
100 S. Leila Street
Texarkana

Erected 1931
Texarkana Tx - Grave Of Otis Henry
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
One of the most arresting WWI statues in Texas is a four-figured marble memorial for Corporal Otis Henry.

A generic statue of a soldier throwing a grenade stands above a statue of the civilian Otis Henry flanked by two angels.

The Corporal died a mere 35 days from the signing of the armistice. The inscriptions furnish the cause of death, the location of the event, and the soldier’s unit.

Corporal 359th Infantry 90th Division Co. H
Gassed one kilometer SE (Village) of Vincey

B. June 22, 1894 in Denison, Texas
Died October 6th 1918
Texarkana Tx - Inscription on grave Of Otis Henry
Inscription
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
Dulce et Decorum est
by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep.  Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod.  All went lame, all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas!  GAS!  Quick, boys! --  An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime. --
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin,
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, --
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie:  Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
Wilfred Owen
The author of the poem, British soldier Wilfred Owen, was killed a week before the armistice - his mother receiving the bad news on Armistice Day.
Photo courtesy Wikipedia
Texarkana Tx - Monuments & statues on grave Of Otis Henry
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
From A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas by Carrol Morris Little: “The grief that motivated Corporal Henry’s mother, a lady of modest means, to erect such a monument to her son inspires a deep sense of appreciation for all WWI veterans and their families.”
Texarkana Tx - Statues on Grave Of Otis Henry
Otis Henry Statue
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
Texarkana Tx - Doughboy statue on grave Of Otis Henry
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
Historical Marker Text

Rose Hill Cemetery

One of the oldest cemeteries in Texarkana. Founded as "City Cemetery" in 1874, shortly after the town was established in December, 1873. Here lie the remains of some of the city's first citizens-- plantation owners, the livery stable owner, country doctors, lawyers, the cabinet maker, and 2 known members of the Texas legislature. About 70 Confederate soldiers and 3 known Union soldiers are also interred here. Other burials include victims of the 1882 Paragon Saloon disaster, which occurred when a storm caused a nearby building to collapse, thus starting a fire. In 1889 the Rose Hill Cemetery Association was formed to beautify and maintain the tract. A very impressive monument marks the grave of Otis Henry, a young World War I soldier. The grave of Captain Francis Marion Henry, one of the city fathers and a great-great-grandson of American Patriot Patrick Henry, is marked by a Texas historical marker. The center-drive lots are reserved for designated soldiers and veterans of World Wars I and II from Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas. Many of the older graves are placed in cement "cradles", a surviving custom of earlier times, as is the secluded atmosphere of this heart-of-town plot.
Texarkana Tx Rose Hill Cemetery tombstones
"The center-drive lots are reserved for designated soldiers and veterans of World Wars I and II from Bowie County, Texas and Miller County, Arkansas."
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
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