A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetery

James Gindlesperger

Winner of the Silver Travel Award from the 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year

Most Americans have heard of Arlington National Cemetery, yet many of those interred rest in obscurity.  This book seeks to honor their memories by telling the stories of 250 people buried here. Many were battlefield heroes, but some survived war to achieve major accomplishments. There are also stories of the original inhabitants of the cemetery, slaves and freedmen who worked on the Lee estate. In addition, the book covers the popular sites, such as the Tomb of the Unknowns and President Kennedy’s gravesite. Navigating Arlington can be frustrating for visitors. Searching for a particular section of the cemetery is impractical without a map and locating a specific grave within a section can lead to expenditure of significant time and energy.  To aid visitors, a series of maps presents logical starting points. There is a GPS coordinate for each gravesite, which combines with the cemetery’s smart phone application to make location simple. Each of the sites is accompanied by a color photograph.

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James Gindlesperger is the co-author with his wife of So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 1, and So You Think You Know Antietam?  Both were honored as Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year finalists in the travel category. Those books were followed by So You Think You Know Gettysburg? Volume 2. James is also the author of three other books about the Civil War: Escape from Libby Prison, Seed Corn of the Confederacy, and Fire on the Water. He lives in Johnstown, Penn.