Arlington: The Story of Our Nations Cemetery by Chris L. DemarestAMERICAS RESTING PLACE. The story of the national cemetery--from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Arlington recounts the complicated history of one of the nations most famous and most-visited national monuments and its fascinating daily life. Carefully researched and documented, Chris Demarests watercolor paintings capture the spirit and pathos of the last resting place of more than 300,000 Americans who have served their country.
These Hallowed Grounds (PBS)
One afternoon in May , a young Union Army officer went rushing into the mansion that commanded the hills across the Potomac River from Washington, D. Lee, who was away mobilizing Virginia's military forces as the country hurtled toward the bloodiest war in its history. Mary Lee dreaded the thought of abandoning Arlington, the 1,acre estate she had inherited from her father, George Washington Parke Custis, upon his death in
Chris L. Demarest
Arlington National Cemetery
George Washington Parke Custis , grandson of Martha Washington and adopted son of George Washington , acquired the land that now is Arlington National Cemetery in , and began construction of Arlington House , which was ultimately named after the village of Arlington, Gloucestershire , England , where his family was originally from. Custis's will gave a "life inheritance" to Mary Lee, allowing her to live at and run Arlington Estate for the rest of her life but not enabling her to sell any portion of it. Lee resigned his commission on April 20, , and took command of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia, later becoming commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. So she buried many of her family treasures on the grounds and left for her sister's estate at Ravensworth in Fairfax County, Virginia , on May At the outbreak of the Civil War, most military personnel who died in battle near Washington, D. Army Quartermaster General in charge of this program. Quartermaster General Montgomery C.
At the Tomb of the Unknowns. Courtesy of the official website of Arlington National Cemetery. The Visitors Center is at the main entrance on Memorial Drive, near the northeast corner of the site. The cemetery is one of only two national cemeteries administered and maintained by the Department of the Army. The cemetery is open for visitation daily between April 1 and September 30 from am to 7pm, and from October 1 to March 31 from am to pm. For more information, please contact the cemetery office at , or see the Arlington National Cemetery website.
It started off as a house honoring General and President George Washington and ended up honoring America's soldiers from all wars. When Robert E. Lee married Mary Ann Randolph. During the Civil War Robert E. Lee made the decision to command the Confederate Army and as punishment for this decision Arlington House was seized and turned into a Civil War cemetery. When Memorial Day was established, all American conflicts were represented in the grave sites.