arlington house

  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Private Edward Gilkin, G.W.Custis And Arlington's Continuing Tapestry

    More like temple than home, Arlington House's façade is forgivably ostentatious. Forgivably because G.W. Custis's veritable monument to our nation's founding grew into these preposterous proportions by becoming a symbol of our ability to survive and those who gave their lives it do so...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Maria Carter Syphax, Arlington's Daughter

    Maria Carter Syphax, here looking like the grand matron she came to be, was born Maria Carter at Arlington House, Virginia. Her parents, Airy Carter and George Washington Parke Custis never married ; Airy was enslaved. This is in no way some golly gee whiz revelation. We're all too...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Pages From Time, A Sealed And Stamped Story; LoC's Civil War Envelopes

    Postmarked Washington, DC, this envelope from LoC's collection is addressed to a Rossville, NY wife and mother. Understandably missing from History's pages, we hear nothing of her- just this envelope and a census or two. Any envelope postmarked ' Washington, DC ', to her, could have been from...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Harpers 1853 Celebration Of A National Treasure, Arlington House

    1853 Harper's Magazine illustration of Arlington House. By the 1850's Arlington was a draw for hundreds of tourists. How could be that be, without a General Lee, Meigs and Civil War? Pre-Lee, pre-war, pre enshrined memorial, Arlington overlooked our National Capitol on purpose. It was "...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Mary Custis Lee Writes From Arlington, And Time

    Doors thrown open, light coach drawn up, this image could represent one day in May, 1861 when Mary Randolph Custis Lee said Goodbye to this peculiarly ostentatious mansion her father built. Martha Washington's great grand daughter never came home. When classmate Meigs took out his spleen and...


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