Trophy of War - Arlington, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 38° 52.850 W 077° 04.349
18S E 320230 N 4305594
One of many historical markers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Waymark Code: WM14Y3V
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 09/10/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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The plaque says, "As Union force threatened to occupy northern Virginia in 1861, the Lee Family evacuated Arlington House. Looking Across the river, you can see the vantage point it offered to protect the capital city. The hilltop swelled with tents, cannons, wagons and horses. Union officers moved into the house transforming it into a headquarters. The soldiers stole cherished family heirlooms from the shelves as souvenirs.
I grieve at the necessity that drives you from your home.
Robert E. Lee to his wife, Mary May 8, 1861

A Union soldier penciled these words into a wood beam in the Arlington House attic, shown above at two times thickness."
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