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Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Garden to Graves

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

 
 
Garden to Graves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
1. Garden to Graves Marker
Inscription. The dead from three years of Civil War filled all burial spaces in the area. In 1864, President Lincoln charged General Montgomery Meigs with locating a site for a new national cemetery. Arlington's high elevation and aesthetic beauty made it ideal, the Lee's abandoned their home by May of 1861.

Lee and Meigs had much in common: both graduated from West Point; Meigs worked under Lee in 1834 in St. Louis. Meigs had even visited Arlington House on several occasions; he could not forgive Lee for joining the Confederacy.

On June 15, 1864, General Meigs ordered that 200 acres surrounding the mansion be set aside as a cemetery. He personally supervised the burial and placing of headstones of 22 soldiers in Mrs. Lee's flower garden.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 52.848′ N, 77° 4.36′ W. Marker is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from Sherman Drive 0.2 miles south of Lincoln Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the edge of the garden south of Arlington House in Arlington Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 Sherman Drive, Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Garden to Graves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
2. Garden to Graves Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Arlington House, 1864 (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); The Kingdom of My Childhood (a few steps from this marker); Guardian of a Nation's Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); Pierre Charles L'Enfant (within shouting distance of this marker); Arlington Estate, 1860 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Arlington Woodlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Unknowns Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); American Volunteer Group, China Air Task Force and the 14th Air Force (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. National Park Service (Submitted on December 11, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Garden to Graves Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 15, 2016
3. Garden to Graves Marker
The marker is roughly in the center right in this view. The marker to the left, near the planter, is currently blank but previously was the "Arlington House, 1864" marker. To the right is the marker, "The Kingdom of My Childhood."
Graves at Arlington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2013
4. Graves at Arlington
By the end of June 1864 over 2,600 soldiers had been buried on the grounds of the estate. By the end of the Civil War 17,000 graves surrounded Arlington. This illustration portrays the idea of these graves surrounding the house however the only graves near the house then are those in front of you.
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 15, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on December 11, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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