On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery by Robert M. Poole“Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.” – William Gladstone as quoted by Robert M. Poole, “On Hallowed Ground”
Meticulously researched and masterfully written in unpretentious language, marrying vast sums of information with a reverential pen; On Hallowed Ground: a comprehensive study of Arlington National Cemetery that is informative and engaging, and an honor to read. One of the best non-fiction books Ive been blessed to read in 2014. Powerful and impacting – a book every American citizen, high school age on up, should read at least once.
“What other spot so fitting for their last resting-place as this, under the shadow of the Capitol saved by their valor . . . Here where the grim edge of battle joined; here, where all the hope and fear and agony of their country centered; here let them rest, asleep on the nation’s heart, entombed in the nations’ love!” – James A. Garfield as quoted by Robert M. Poole, “On Hallowed Ground”
The story of Arlington National Cemetery starts with General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s Virginia mansion/plantation (before, during, and after government acquisition) then transitions into the Civil war, and on through the Spanish American War, WW I & II, Korean War, Vietnam War, 9/11 and other miscellaneous military/government actions resulting in loss of life while valiantly in service to country.
“I can never speak in praise of war . . . But there is this peculiar distinction belonging to the soldier . . . He is giving everything he hath, even his life, in order that others may live, not in order that he himself may obtain gain and prosperity . . .” – Woodrow Wilson as quoted by Robert M. Poole, “On Hallowed Ground”
There are lesser known facts which I found quite fascinating. In the summer of 1908 Orville Wright, accompanied by Lieutenant Selfridge of the Army Signal Corps, crash landed onto the cemetery grounds while attempting to meet the Army’s time/performance specifications for the first warplane. Additional enthralling tidbits: The history of Taps; the history of dog tags; radioactive-contamination burial procedures; the Eternal Flame; the “One-Soldier-War”…..
A plethora of information, some dourly somber and grievous to the heart, but worth every bit of time and emotional investment required for reading and pondering and absorbing it all. And the concise/orderly indexes along with an overview map of the cemetery makes for easy cross-referencing.
“On Hallowed Ground” – A Five-Star Top-Pick recommended to every American citizen, and to those with compassionate/paralleling interests in American History, from high school age on up.
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‘Fascinating Geology’ Supports Hallowed Ground
So does Robert Poole describe a day like so many others in the long and storied history of Arlington National Cemetery. The mansion at its heart, and the rolling land on which it sits, had been 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 latest in the newly established national cemetery system. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
No fewer than ten separate roads lead into the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg; though in the summer of , all roads seemed to lead there. What was once a thriving hamlet devoted to agriculture trading would be transformed into the locus of the Civil War effort, and the true turning point of the war. A battle that the Confederacy had to win, and the Union had to simply not lose, over a span of three days the two armies fought relentlessly in the blazing summer heat. Over 50, soldiers from both sides would fall either dead or wounded from the intense fighting that gripped the idyllic Pennsylvania hills and farmland, and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia would be forced back south to reevaluate its strategy for victory. General Robert E. Lee was riding a wave of momentum through the late spring of in the Eastern Theater.
It is clearly a place, rich in history, tragedy and politics. For purposes here, as we approach the sesquicentennial of the battle that gave this land its lasting place in history, that is the topic — not so much about the spirits that inhabit the place, but the place itself. Please log in to read the full article. Harper says one can plot the arrows to show troop movements from both sides that coincide with the vicissitudes of a land where almost as many Americans died in three days of fighting in south central Pennsylvania than did in 18 years of direct U. A place like Gettysburg, then, should be seen from all disciplines — cultural, historical and, yes, even geological. Inners and Harper are not steeped in wartime tactics, but both know had things turned over differently at Gettysburg, things would have turned out differently for America.
While Saratoga National Historical Park is unable to send rangers out with school groups to conduct guided tours, ready-to-use materials for teachers can greatly contribute to a meaningful educational experience for students and teachers alike. This activity accompanies a self-guided battlefield tour during the course of a visit to Saratoga National Historical Park.
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Seven score and ten years ago, there was Gettysburg. The first three days of July turned Pennsylvania farmland into a blighted battlefield, claiming some 51, casualties and 3, horses. Before heading on, though, we consulted with a local just to be sure. And if you were riding by yourself? Forget it. Cannon, historical markers, and memorials are at every vista. As we traversed the path through the copse to the monument, the stillness was in marked contrast to the bedlam of July
Sign in. Watch now. Title: Most Hallowed Ground 26 Sep By the summer of , the Union push had been stopped. At Petersburg, Union troops had been entrenched in an intricate network trenches for two months. The key to victory lay in Sherman capturing Atlanta and on July 22, the battle began and by September, Confederate Gen. Hood abandoned the city.