On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

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On Hallowed Ground is the long and storied history of Arlington National Cemetery. Created during the turmoil of the Civil War, Arlington’s story reflects much of America’s own over the past century and a half. The mansion at its heart, and the rolling land on which it sits, was the family plantation of Robert E. Lee before he joined the Confederacy; strategic to the defense of Washington, it became a Union headquarters, a haven for freedmen, and a burial ground for indigent soldiers before Secretary of War Edwin Stanton made it the centerpiece in the newly established national cemetery system. It would become our nation’s most honored resting place. No other country makes the effort the United States does to recover and pay tribute to its war dead – an effort Poole reveals in poignant details from the aftermaths of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the conflicts in the Gulf and Afghanistan today. Every tombstone at Arlington tells a story: from scientists and slaves to jurists and generals and tens of thousands of ordinary citizen-warriors, among the more than three hundred thousand interred on Arlington’s 624 acres. Their sagas, and the rites and rituals that have evolved at Arlington – the horse-drawn caissons, marble headstones, playing of Taps, and rifle salutes – speak to us all. Exclusive Bonus Audio: New interviews, conducted by the author with a range of key players in the cemetery's history and day-to-day operations. Wayne Parks, the great grandson of a slave owned by the Robert E. Lee family who later became the first cemetery groundskeeper; Gunnery Sergeant William J. Dixon, a Marine and Iraq war veteran who oversees the quality control of Marine funerals at Arlington; and Linda Willey, chairperson of the Arlington Ladies Committee for the Air Force, who makes sure that there is a civilian present at every Air Force funeral. Also included is a rendition of "Taps" played by the Army’s principal bugler.

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Robert M. Poole is an editor and writer whose assignments for Smithsonian and National Geographic have taken him around the world. He is the author Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made, and is a contributing editor at Smithsonian. He lives in Virginia.

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Author and narrator Robert Poole could be mistaken for a funeral director--he's a man with the appropriate words to discuss a sensitive subject. In his taciturn manner he tells of Arlington Cemetery's inception during the Civil War. Pilfering the land from the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee caused the Union Army no embarrassment. Poole chronicles the evolution of the graveyard in sequence with the conflicts that sent men and women to fill its fields. The services for President Kennedy in 1963 brought such attention to the grounds that many Americans began to aspire to be interred there someday. Other voices from Arlington's history punctuate the writer's narrative with their personal experiences. The production ends with the 24 most moving bugle notes ever written, "Taps." J.A.H. AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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Book Description BRILLIANCE AUDIO, 2015. CD-Audio. Condition: New. Unabridged. Language: English . Brand New. On Hallowed Ground is the long and storied history of Arlington National Cemetery. Created during the turmoil of the Civil War, Arlington s story reflects much of America s own over the past century and a half. The mansion at its heart, and the rolling land on which it sits, was the family plantation of Robert E. Lee before he joined the Confederacy; strategic to the defense of Washington, it became a Union headquarters, a haven for freedmen, and a burial ground for indigent soldiers before Secretary of War Edwin Stanton made it the centerpiece in the newly established national cemetery system. It would become our nation s most honored resting place. No other country makes the effort the United States does to recover and pay tribute to its war dead - an effort Poole reveals in poignant details from the aftermaths of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, and the conflicts in the Gulf and Afghanistan today. Every tombstone at Arlington tells a story: from scientists and slaves to jurists and generals and tens of thousands of ordinary citizen-warriors, among the more than three hundred thousand interred on Arlington s 624 acres. Their sagas, and the rites and rituals that have evolved at Arlington - the horse-drawn caissons, marble headstones, playing of Taps, and rifle salutes - speak to us all. Exclusive Bonus Audio: New interviews, conducted by the author with a range of key players in the cemetery s history and day-to-day operations. Wayne Parks, the great grandson of a slave owned by the Robert E. Lee family who later became the first cemetery groundskeeper; Gunnery Sergeant William J. Dixon, a Marine and Iraq war veteran who oversees the quality control of Marine funerals at Arlington; and Linda Willey, chairperson of the Arlington Ladies Committee for the Air Force, who makes sure that there is a civilian present at every Air Force funeral. Also included is a rendition of Taps played by the Army s principal bugler. Seller Inventory # BRI9781501278860

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