Arlington National Cemetery

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Arcadia Pub., 2006 - History - 128 pages
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Arlington National Cemetery illustrates the evolution of the cemetery from a potter's field during the Civil War to the most prestigious military cemetery in the United States. The cemetery contains such significant monuments and sites as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Rough Rider Monument, the mast of the USS Maine, the Confederate Monument, and Freedman's Village. Today not only can one visit the graves of Supreme Court justices, George Washington Parke Custis, Pres. William Taft and Nellie Taft, and Pres. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but one can also see the burial places of generals and admirals, Medal of Honor recipients, doctors and nurses, land and space explorers, inventors, and soldiers.

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About the author (2006)

George W. Dodge, a local historian and president of the Arlington Historical Society, has combined over 200 images with vivid stories that capture the spirit of American men and women during difficult times. Kim B. Holien is a professional military historian and author. The vignettes and photographs selected chronicle the lives of participants in such momentous battles and events as the winter at Valley Forge, Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Appomattox, Little Big Horn, Manila Bay, the Argonne Forest, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Bastogne, Korea, and Vietnam. Also covered are events such as Lincoln's assassination, medical breakthroughs, landmark judicial decisions, polar explorations, and astronauts on the moon.

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