On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

by Robert M. Poole
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On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery by Robert M. Poole

On Hallowed Ground opens with the long-delayed funeral of four servicemen, brought home for final honors at Arlington National Cemetery almost forty years after they disappeared in Vietnam. To understand how this tradition of extraordinary care for our war dead began, Robert Poole traces the founding of Arlington Cemetery on what had been the family plantation of Robert E. Lee. After resigning his commission in the U.S. Army, Lee left Arlington to command the Army of Northern Virginia. Arlington, strategic to the defense of Washington, D.C., became a U.S. Army headquarters and a cemetery for indigent Civil War soldiers before Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton made it the new national cemetery.

Initially, there was no honor attached to being buried at Arlington; this began to change after the war, as the Union gathered thousands of hastily-buried casualties from nearby battlefields and reinterred them at Arlington, where they received the honors of a grateful nation. But the rites, rituals, and reverence associated with Arlington evolved over the next hundred years, paid through the blood of those who fought in the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraq and Afghanistan.

Robert Poole paints an intimate, behind-the-scenes picture of the history and day-to-day operations of Arlington National Cemetery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802715487
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 9.44(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robert M. Poole is former executive editor of National Geographic and author of Explorers House, which was a holiday pick for Barnes & Noble's "Discover Great New Writers" series in 2004. He is a contributing editor at Smithsonian and a contract writer for National Geographic. Poole has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Preservation.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been upon the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery several times I am always at awe walking through the gates, but although I have some background knowledge of the area, Mr. Poole shed more light upon many aspects of these hallowed grounds that have just furthered my interest in this national landmark. Two thumbs up. Not a bad chapter in the book.
Tim_C More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. I bought it this summer after my first visit to Arlington Cemetery. It really captures the majesty and tragedy of the cemetery. The book is a really enjoyable read. It contains a lot of details while at the same time, it doesn't get bogged down with them. It started with the history of the plantation and how it was chosen as the site of the Cemetery. 1 of the greatest ironies in US History and it detailed it great. Would really recommend this book for any history buffs. I would try to time it with a visit to Arlington Cemetery, which is a must-see for any DC visitor.
mryoda More than 1 year ago
Robert M. Poole has written a wonderful book. Reading this book is like taking a walk through Arlington itself. I highly recommend it. The only thing I did not like was the typeface of the book. As Americans, we should know some things about our national cemeteries - both good and bad. These 'gardens of stone' have so many stories to tell and Poole really captures that. Thank You, Mr. Poole.
cmp53 More than 1 year ago
Bought this book as I have been to Arlington Cemetary a number of times but never really knew the history of it. Read it in two days and have passed it on to my kids who are extremely interested in the history as well. Arlington National Cemetary is a big part of US History and everyone will be better off understanding how this Cemetary developed and how it got to where it is today. A great read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tremendous book. Went to Arlington was in Spring 2001 - Tomb of the Unknowns was very moving. Definitely need to go back to pay my respects at the post-9/11 memorials.
DelUmp More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable read. I've visited the cemetery and was unaware of it's history. Mr. Poole does an excellent job of providing the fascinating history of this special place in America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After working there for 5 years it was nice to see a new book written about the history of Arlington National Cemetery. I could not put the book down once I started reading it. I learned a few more things about Arlington. When I was there 35 years ago it was a quite and wonderful place. I helped bury many soldiers and family members there, and it was such an honor to do so. Now it is a big tourist trap. Made me feel sad to watch so many people wondering around this beautiful place. I hope I will be laid to rest there some day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone planning a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. It is truly hallowed ground and leaves an indelible impression. Knowing the history of the property will make it even more so.
Redyne More than 1 year ago
From the little know fact of Arlington's establishment, it's rituals, and secrets this book leads you thru the establishment of our national military cemetery system.
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