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Historic Congressional Cemetery

Author: Rebecca Boggs Roberts; Sandra K Schmidt
Publisher: Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia Pub., ©2012.
Series: Images of America.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Historic Congressional Cemetery dates from the days when Washington, DC, was a new city on the edge of a malarial swamp. The stones?sandstone tablets with colonial calligraphy, ornate Victorian statues, 20th-century art nouveau carvings, and contemporary markers in shapes as strange as picnic tables and upended cubes?are a time line of the city. The most distinctive stones are 171 cenotaphs; large cubes designed by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Boggs Roberts; Sandra K Schmidt
ISBN: 9780738592244 0738592242
OCLC Number: 769988285
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 127 p. : chiefly ill., facsims., ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Washington Parish Burial Ground: a new cemetery in a new city --
The Congressional Cemetery: a national final resting place --
Famous residents: the march king, the director, the chief and more --
Notable stones: angels, armoires, and library cards --
Favorite stories: oddballs, scoundrels, and unsung heroes.
Series Title: Images of America.
Responsibility: Rebecca Boggs Roberts and Sandra K. Schmidt on behalf of the Historic Congressional Cemetery.

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"Historic Congressional Cemetery dates from the days when Washington, DC, was a new city on the edge of a malarial swamp. The stones?sandstone tablets with colonial calligraphy, ornate Victorian statues, 20th-century art nouveau carvings, and contemporary markers in shapes as strange as picnic tables and upended cubes?are a time line of the city. The most distinctive stones are 171 cenotaphs; large cubes designed by Capitol architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe from the same sandstone used in the Capitol. They are found nowhere else. The men and women buried under those stones led lives of beauty, courage, struggle, cunning, leadership, and humor?in short, the stories of American history" --provided by publisher.

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