On Hallowed Ground The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-26
  • Publisher: Walker Books
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Created at the end of the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery has become a part of the landscape as fixed in the national imagination as the White House or the Capitol building. The mansion at Arlington's heart, and the rolling hills on which it sits, had been the family plantation of Robert E. Lee before he joined the Confederacy; strategic to the defense of Washington, Arlington became a Union encampment, a haven for freedmen, and a pauper's cemetery for soldiers dying in the nation's bloodiest conflict.

With the passage of time, new layers of meaning were added to Arlington, which would become our nation's most honored shrine. More than three hundred thousand rest in Arlington's 624 acres, representing every war the nation ever fought. Each tombstone tells a story, from the Tomb of the Unknowns, so carefully tended today, to the eternal flame at John F. Kennedy's grave to the final resting places of ordinary citizen-warriors sleeping among Arlington's rolling green hills. Their stories, and the cemetery's time-honored rituals—the horse-drawn caissons, the rifle salutes, the sounding of Taps—still speak to us all.

Author Biography

Robert M. Poole is a contributing editor at Smithsonian and was formerly executive editor of National Geographic. He lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Leaving Arlingtonp. 9
Occupationp. 22
"Vast Army of the Wounded"p. 37
First Burialsp. 58
A Question of Ownershipp. 76
"A Splendid Little War"p. 105
L'Enfant's Grand Viewp. 119
Known but to Godp. 133
A Time to Build Upp. 160
"We Are All in It-All the Way"p. 176
The Nastiest Little Warp. 194
The Nation's Cemetery
"I Could Stay Here Forever"p. 209
The Last Unknownp. 230
War Comes to Arlingtonp. 251
Tapsp. 263
Epiloguep. 269
Benedictionp. 271
Acknowledgmentsp. 273
Arlington Chronologyp. 277
Regulations for Burialp. 287
Notes and Sourcesp. 289
Indexp. 343
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A Wonderful book May 11, 2011
Mr. Poole does an excellent job of blending the history with the personal stories of the brave men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country; the author captivates your intrigue with telling information on how our nation's most sacred cemetery came to existence. I recommend this textbook for every American. I think young adults would benefit from a parent reading it to them. Ecampus provided excellent customer service, therefore, I will, without a doubt purchase books from this company in the future.
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