“Improbably gripping and often deeply moving, On Hallowed Ground chronicles both the evolution of our national cemetery and the profound ways in which treatment of the war dead reflects a nation’s soul. Readers interested in political, social, or military history from the Civil War on will want to read this book.”

Caroline Alexander

From the Book

It was a beautiful day for a funeral. The last of the cherry blossoms drifted on a cool breeze, which carried the scent of cut grass and wet stone over Arlington National Cemetery. Somewhere in the distance, the early morning mowing subsided, soon to be overtaken by the all- day crack of rifles, the rattle of horse-drawn caissons, and the mournful sound of Taps floating among the tombstones . . .

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

An intimate, behind-the-scenes chronicle of America’s most sacred ground.