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  • Arlington House, VA

    Posted by Jonathan on March 31st, 2013 (All posts by )

    An early morning view of Arlington Memorial Bridge and the Robert E. Lee Memorial, also known as Arlington House, from the Washington side of the Potomac River. (© 2012 Jonathan Gewirtz / jonathan@gewirtz.net)

     

    5 Responses to “Arlington House, VA”

    1. Whitehall Says:

      Robert E. Lee made an error in judgment and he and half a million Americans paid for it.

      He just lost his house and land.

    2. John Says:

      When did the name change from “Custis-Lee Mansion”?

      While Lee may have lost his house, his son got $150K from the US government for it: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/may13.html

    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      I forget the Union general responsible for picking the site of the cemetery but IIRC he was from Virginia (not all from the South went for the Confederacy) and he picked this site to forever remind Robert E Lee of the consequences of his decision

      You walk though there – even today -a and you are struck by the solemnity and everywhere you turn you seem to recognize a name on a headstone – one not famous but the entire crew of a B17 stays in my mind….

    4. George E. Lee Says:

      The name of the Union General was Montgomery Meigs. He was not a Virginian.

      Almost 500 Confederate graves are at the top of the hill surrounding the monument called “Virginia Mourning Her Dead.”

      If you go to the ceremonies near the monument on Confederate Memorial Day, you will be invited to stand and be honored if you served in any of the armed forces of the U.S.A.

    5. Bill Brandt Says:

      @George (are you a descendent of Lee?) – you are right about Miegs not being a Virginian – he was apparently from Augusta, GA

      An interesting history of the mansion:

      http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Battle-of-Arlington.html

      In the article you get a hint of the acrimony developing in the officer corps among all those who had served together and many graduated together