Skip to comments.ARLINGTON: CALL TO HONOR
Posted on 05/26/2014 4:14:19 PM PDT by shove_it
Every graveyard tells a story, but few can talk to the living like Arlington National Cemetery. Visit the final home of war heroes from the Revolutionary War to 9/11 to the current struggle in Iraq. The American flag flies at half-staff more often than not as more than twenty-seven burials take place daily. Each section of the cemetery reflects a time in history, and each stone signifies a hero...
(one hour video on Smithsonian Channel tonite at 8&11pm EDT)
(Excerpt) Read more at smithsonianchannel.com ...
Revolution? As I understand it, Arlington used to be Lee’s home and that Grant said bury the dead there so Lee will never reside there again. If that is true, the first dead should have been civil war casualties. I guess combatants from the reviolution could hve been buried there later, but the revolution was some 80 years earlier or four score and seven.
Poor editing on the teaser that I just copied and pasted. The video is worth watching if you have not seen it.
It wasn’t Grant. Grant respected Lee and fought for a pardon for him before he was elected president. It was Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs who hated all the “traitors” who sided with the Confederacy. Lee’s son Custis Lee sued the Federal government, represented by Abraham Lincoln’s son Todd, and Congress voted to compensate the Lee family for taking their property, paying them $175,000.
Maybe some of them were moved or maybe Robert E. Lee’s father and grandfather are buried there. Wasn’t his grandfather a big Revolutionary hero? I know where my great grandfather’s grave is. He was a veteran of the Union army.
R.E.Lee’s father was “Light Horse” Henry Lee.
Here is his history:
Buried in Cumberland, GA in 1818(R.E.Lee was nine years old) and remains moved to Lexington, VA in 1913.