“Ah! it sent to yonder graveyard many a once stout, noble form.”

General Nelson Monroe was a veteran of the Civil and Mexican-American Wars. In 1893, he published a book of “reminiscences of the days of dark secession 1861 and 1865” entitled The Grand Army Button: A Souvenir. It can be viewed in full at archives.org.

The finale of the book is a poem called “The Dead Line” at Libby Prison about the horrors of internment at the Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. It can be read here.

The inscription on the back of the monument can be viewed at Pictures of Arlington’s facebook page.

The grave of author, poet, and most notably, soldier, General Nelson Monroe in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. January 6, 2011.

Arlington From Afar

Arlington can be seen on the horizon from the tower in Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge/Watertown.) On the left hill is the Park Avenue water tower and one can easily see the green water tower of Turkey Hill. At right, in the foreground, Bigelow Chapel is nestled in the trees of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and also to the right, almost at the edge of the frame, is the steeple of the Pleasant Street Congregational Church. April 22, 2010.

“…Slept like a log.”

The headstone of Nina Winn at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Her diaries from over 100 years ago are transcribed on the Arlington List each day, giving 21st Century Arlingtonians a glimpse of the past. The title of this post comes from Ms. Winn's diary of October 21, 1907: "Such a dear room in birds eye maple to sleep in & slept like a log." January 6, 2010.

“He was considered one of the finest men his town had ever produced.”

Lt. John Connors, a Navy SEAL, died on December 20, 1989 during Operation Nifty Package, a mission to disable movement of, then apprehend, Manuel Noriega. Lt. Connor’s platoon succeeded in destroying Noriega’s plane, which facilitated Noriega’s capture on January 3, 1990.

In the October 1990 issue of Reader’s Digest, Malcolm McConnell wrote about Lt. Connor’s heroism in an article titled “Measure of Man.” I hope that you may take the time to read it.

The monument to Lt. John P. Connors at the confluence of Broadway and Warren Street. January 6, 2011.