Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Arlington National Cemetery

"The holiest acreage in America was consecrated in an act of revenge. Beating a retreat back to Washington from their defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, Union soldiers crossed into the property of ''Arlington House," Robert E. Lee's home on the Potomac River. They buried the remains of their dead comrades in Mrs. Lee's rose garden. From then on, the Confederate leader's estate was used as a Union graveyard -- a vindictive payback. The place is now known as Arlington National Cemetery."

Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2005 by the Boston Globe
America's Mortal Secret
by James Carroll
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