On Hallowed Ground — Reviews

Hope eternal

The Economist
November 5, 2009

This engaging history of Arlington National Cemetery, America’s most hallowed military burial ground and home to over 300,000 soldiers, officers and statesmen, is also the story of America’s maturation through death and war. Read more…

Grave Matters

The surprising origins and enduring importance of Arlington National Cemetery.

The Wall Street Journal
By Alan Pell Crawford
October 27, 2009

After seizing Arlington, the northern Virginia plantation of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, federal officials in 1863 levied a tax of $92.07 on the 1,100-acre Potomac River property. The estate had already become a camp for homeless ex-slaves pouring into Washington in the wake of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. If Mrs. Lee did not pay the tax, the property would be sold. Read more…

Our honored dead, our flawed history

The Washington Post
By Fergus M. Bordewich
November 8, 2009

In the folds of its hills on the Virginia shore of the Potomac, where its vast array of white tombstones evokes the mesmerizing image of an assembled army in its last resting place, Arlington National Cemetery splendidly honors the generations of self-sacrifice embodied in the nation’s military dead. It also encapsulates the flawed story of a country still struggling to come to terms with the human cost of its wars. Read more…