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    General Robert E. Lee and the Battle of Gettysburg

    I came to respect the level of thoughtfulness found on civilwartalk.com while researching this article. This website has proven invaluable as a research tool. Hence, I would like some feedback on a radical new theory regarding General Robert E. Lee and the Battle of Gettysburg. I do not expect...
  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

    Arlington House, Mary Custis Lee And The Sticky Fingers Of Caleb Lyon

    Children at Arlington House, during the war. Officers were quartered here until Meigs discovered fallen soldiers were being buried in far corners of the property, in order not to disturb the residents. Meigs kicked everyone out and achieved the first burial in Mary Lee's rose garden. Anyone...
  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 "...


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