Last stop in old history

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The graves and Arlington House in the background

During my trip I have been searching for the old American history from the founding fathers to the Civil War history. Hence I figured my last stop should be deeply rooted in the history of the USA. And few places combine more of US history than the Arlington National Cemetery.

 

The cemetery is located around the old Arlington House which used to George Washington Parke Curtis the grandson of Martha Washington. Later the house was deeded to Robert E Lee's wife with Lee acting as the executer of the will. Hence the Arlington House was the home of Lee when the Civil War broke out. When Lee decided to join the Virginian army after Virginia seceded from the Union he had to leave the house. His estate were confiscated by the Union and used to house Union troops during the war.

 

One of Lee's former friend General Meigs from Georgia hated the southern officers who had left the Union army to go fight with the confederate army instead.

The grave of John F Kennedy and Jackie Onnasis
Hence Meigs wanted to make sure Lee would never be able to go back to the Arlington House. Hence he started to bury the dead union soldiers on the property - creating a cemetery at the spot. This cemetery was later to become know as the Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Lee was never able to return to his magnificent house on top of the hill with a superb view out across the National Mall and down towards the Capitol Hill. After the war Lee's son George Washington Custis Lee took the matter to the Supreme Court wanting compensation and was awarded a compensation of 150.000 dollars for the estate.

 

I went to go for the usual tour of the ground but I was in a bit of a hurry hence I only had time to quickly pass by the most famous of all the graves at the sight - the final resting place of John F Kennedy and his family. Then I went to the top of the hill to have a quick look at the Arlington House - which currently has no furniture on display because of ongoing restoration.

 

After my quick visit I had to get going to the airport - I sort of hoped there would not be too much traffic because that could kind of mess up my plans about getting on a certain airplane to go home. Fortunately there really wasn't much traffic going to the airport so I made it with plenty of time to spare.

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