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Civil War: Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery , resting place for more than 240,000 American soldiers and their families, was founded when the Union Army seized one of the Lee family houses and began burying Civil War casualties literally in the back yard. The cemetery sets upon the site of the Custis-Lee estate (Arlington House) - the home of Robert E. Lee at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War. Montgomery Miegs, quartermaster of the Federal forces, dictated that the garden of the Lee estate be turned into a burial ground for Union dead.


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