[Written on the initial marker, provided for context]
Our Constitution names the President of the United States the Commander in Chief of all the Armed Forces. Presidents who have served in our military are displayed on the following plaques. Each has served either on Active Duty, in the National Guard or in the Reserves. History will judge their performance as President and as Commander in Chief, usually long after they have served. Each President is to be commended for their service and each fill the office of President in a particular time-frame, confronted with unique problems and circumstances. It is fitting that we honor their service here.
William Henry Harrison, 9th President
President Harrison served in the US Army (1791-1798, 1812-1814), attaining the rank of Major General in the War of 1812. First President to die in office. His father, Benjamin, signed the Declaration of Independence.
John Tyler, 10th President
President Tyler served in the War of 1812 during the defense of Richmond, attaining the rank of Captain. First Vice President to be elevated to President by the death of his predecessor.
Zachary Taylor, 12th President
President Taylor served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, attaining rank of Brevet Major General.
Franklin Pierce, 14th President
President Pierce served in the Mexican War. Enlisted as a private then attaining rank of Brigadier General.