Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A New Rabbit: Santa Fe's African American Graveyard Rabbit

This new blog by the estimable George Geder can be found at

George poses this interesting question: "How many African Americans are buried in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Who are they? What are their stories?"

His answers no doubt will fascinate and educate us. Check it out!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Pyrrhic Monument at Meuse-Argonne

Just east of the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon (Meuse), France, more than 14,000 Americans lie in repose. The place is Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. It is the largest American cemetery in France, covering more than 130 acres. It is also one of the largest monuments to the uselessness of World War I.

Most of the 14,000 or so souls here were killed in a single 47-day long slaughter known as the Meuse-Argonne offensive or the Battle of the Argonne Forest. Nearly 1.2 million (yes, that's right) U.S. soldiers took part in this now-obscure battle and more than 26,000 of them were killed. The battle, America's bloodiest, took place between September 26 and November 11, 1918. That a battle that took so many lives could be so little recalled is a shame.

As a result of the obscurity of this battle, the last Allied offensive of World War I, Meuse-Argonne Cemetery has few American visitors these days. And, after all, it has been ninety years since.

Perhaps the sheer beauty of the place somehow will compensate for the lack of visitors. (If a cemetery is built up in the middle of a forest, but nobody sees it . . . ?)

The cemetery and memorial were designed by the New York architectural firm of York & Sawyer. This internationally renowned firm also is credited with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; the headquarters of the Brooklyn Trust Company (now part of JP Morgan Chase); the Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan; and the Old Royal Bank Building in Montreal. The firm's other cemetery work includes Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

On this 90th anniversary of the "War to End All Wars," let us take a moment to go through Meuse-Argonne Cemetery and recall those who lie here forever.

Click here for our virtual trip to Meuse-Argonne.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

What the Other Rabbits Are Up To

If you're interested in a concise digest of the 90 or so articles published last week by members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits around the world, go to the Association's blog to see This Week With The Graveyard Rabbits. Founder Terry Thornton has done the heavy lifting; thanks, Terry! With so many articles, almost everyone will find something of interest.