Marcus M. Porter’s Eternal Bivouac

Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton, MA

Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton, MA

Yesterday students in my Civil War Memory class handed in their final projects. They are amazing and reflect a good deal of research and creativity. Students researched Civil War monuments and memorials in their own communities or designed their own for a specific location. One student created a video that explored a number of Civil War monuments in Stoughton, including this unusual grave marker, which I thought was worth sharing.

From Find A Grave:

Marcus Morton Porter (1841-1921). Porter enlisted as a private on October 15,1862, in Company G, 47th Massachusetts Infantry, and was mustered out on September 1, 1863. He was a member of Post 72, GAR. Porter became a member of the Old Stoughton Musical Society in 1893 and served as the society’s president from 1911 to 1913.

This particular student admitted that she has never enjoyed living in Stoughton, but that working on this project left her feeling more closely connected to her community.

Mission Accomplished.

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4 thoughts on “Marcus M. Porter’s Eternal Bivouac

  1. Chris Young


    Thanks for sharing! Oh, and thank you for assigning a project that obviously is connecting students with the history of their communities. I agree – Mission Accomplished!


  2. Vince (Lancaster at War)

    Great stuff. Do you have any suggestions for how those of us who do local history research can serve as a resource to teachers in the high school classroom?

    Your student’s remark reminds me of what I took away from the recent movie Nebraska. Like your student’s comment, I found the movie be a poignant expression of how a connection to the past can help redeem relationships with people and places that might otherwise tend not to be enjoyable.

    1. Kevin Levin Post author

      It’s a great question, but I don’t have any answers. Seems to me that the teacher needs to take the initiative to make the contacts or inform students of who they might be able to utilize in their local communities. In addition to local libraries, I encouraged all of my students to utilize the resources at local historical societies. A few did and they all said that the volunteers were incredibly helpful and encouraging.


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