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03255 - General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.; Commander of Confederate Forces, Retired [LC-DIG-cwpbh-03255]

03255 - General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.; Commander of Confederate Forces, Retired [LC-DIG-cwpbh-03255]

Prior to the Civil War, Lee had a notable career in the Army as an engineer. He married Mary Custis (great granddaughter of Martha Custis, wife of George Washington).


Upon his father in-law’s death in 1857 he and his wife inherited the Arlington estate. During the war the federal government was in need of a place to bury the enormous number of soldiers that had been killed. Taking possession of Arlington provided an easy solution and was felt a personal rebuke of Lee. Following Lee’s death, Lee’s son Custis sued and was awarded the estate in 1882. One year later he sold it back to the U.S. for $150,000.