American Military Cemeteries, 2d ed.


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About the Book

This updated edition of the 1992 reference work (“exhaustive…fascinating”—Library Journal) contains comprehensive information about United States military cemeteries, including how each cemetery was chosen, why it was established, and notable individuals buried therein. Covered are cemeteries operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of the Army, the National Park Service, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the various states, among others, along with smaller and “lost” cemeteries. Appendices provide lists of installations by state and by year of establishment, as well as information on headstones, markers and the Medal of Honor.

About the Author(s)

Dean W. Holt is retired from federal service and lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Dean W. Holt
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 407
Bibliographic Info: 80 photos, 44 maps, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2020 [2010]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8176-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5732-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      viii
“Bivouac of the Dead”      ix
Introduction: The National Cemetery System/Administration      1

Part I. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries and Related Sites
National Cemeteries      12
Confederate Cemeteries      305
Soldiers’ Lots      312
Monuments      325
Special Installations      326
Lost Cemeteries      329

Part II. Other Cemeteries and Monuments
Department of the Army National Cemeteries      333
National Park Service National Cemeteries      343
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
Cemeteries and Monuments      362
State Veterans Cemeteries      368

A. Installations by State      373
B. National Cemeteries by Year of Establishment      374
C. Soldiers’ Lots, Plots and Monuments by Year of Establishment      376
D. Headstones and Markers      376
E. The Medal of Honor      379
F. Memorial Day Orders      382

Index      385

Book Reviews & Awards

Reviews of the second edition:
• “An interesting volume that provides a lot of information. It will be of interest in military, American history, and genealogy collections”—ARBA
• “While useful for historical research, this collection will also be enjoyed by readers generally interested in the history of librarianship”—Reference & Research Book News

Reviews of the first edition:
• “This exhaustive compendium of information about military cemeteries is not only a prime reference source but an interesting guide to local military history. Holt provides fascinating capsule descriptions”—Library Journal
• “The National Cemetery System not only contains the remains of three million U.S. citizens who died in wartime but it is also a vast resource for scholars, genealogists, and others in search of National data. This unique guide provides access to this information. Generally, these essays are well written and filled with interesting anecdotes that go well beyond the bare-bones information provided in most historical guides…strongly recommended”—Booklist
• “This book is well planned, comprehensive, accurate, and easy to use”—ARBA
• “[Holt’s] unique book honors all the dead buried in these cemeteries and adds a useful specialized source to military history collections”—Wilson Library Bulletin
• “Holt’s professional knowledge and literary talents are fully obvious. All Americans–including students of military history–will gain new insight into America’s military past by reading the fascinating nuggets of information about many of the more than three million permanent inhabitants of American Military Cemeteries…dozens of fascinating tales…a carefully researched comprehensive reference work”—Journal of America’s Military Past