The Patriot

Arguably the most recognizable memorial in the Greenville Cemetery is The Patriot honoring LeRoy Percy. Commissioned by Percy’s son, author and poet William Alexander Percy, the statue known as The Patriot is “a life size bronze figure of a knight in armor against a wall of marble,” as described by Harry Ball in his personal diaries.  The statue was made by Mrs. Malvina Hoffman, “a noted sculptor of New York,” after William Percy’s own suggestions.  The inscription on the back of the marble wall lists LeRoy Percy’s name, birth and death dates along with this inscription:

They out talked thee hissed thee tore thee

Better men fared thus before thee

Fired their ringing shot and passed

Hotly charged–and sank at last

Charge once more then and be dumb

Let the victors when they come

When the forts of folly fall

Find thy body by the wall


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