Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, Greater Washington, DC

Photographs from Arlington National Cemetery and Memorial Drive, including Arlington House (Custis-Lee Mansion) & sections of marble headstones

A brief history;

 

 

  • Arlington National Cemetery is a military cemetery dating back to the American Civil War.

 

  • The land had being previously owned by George Washington Parke Custis, wo was grandson of Martha Washington and step-grandson of George Washington. Custis left the 1,100-acre property to her daughter who married Robert E. Lee.

 

  • Robert E. Lee was a General in the Confedorate Army but once he left home (Arlington House) to lead the Virginia's armed forces the land was confiscated by the Union for a military cemetery.

 

  • At the end of the Civil War in 1865, 16,000 soldiers were buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

  • There have been around another 300,000 veterans who have joined them since.

 

  • Simple marble headstones mark the graves of the soldiers, the focus of the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknowns, honoring the thousands of unidentified soldiers who died in battle.

 

 

Selection of photographs from Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

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