“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.

“…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.