Great history ends here. In war after war, the stories of valiant American soldiers are ultimately buried with their bodies at Arlington National Cemetery. And some of their stories, along with the tale of how Arlington came to be a burial ground, is captured here in Robert M. Poole’s terrific work of non-fiction, On Hallowed Ground.
I have to admit, I knew very little about Arlington, except that it is a place where our war dead are buried and where it is located. The story of how this land was stolen from Confederate General Robert E. Lee was a fascinating one. But even more poignant, was the change wrought by the U.S. Civil War, that necessitated a large national cemetery, and a method of retrieving and honoring fallen soldiers.
The history of our military tradition is fraught with politics and science, and Poole does an excellent job of portraying the challenges and successes through the 21st century. Wonderful book!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009