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Arlington Cemetery and Military Burials

Did you know that a descendant of Robert E. Lee tried to recover his Arlington Estate from the Federal Government after the end of the Civil War?   According to an article in the Chicago Tribune dated 29 Apr 1879, he was successful in getting a bill introduced into Congress for the recovery of the property even though 20,000 Union soldiers were buried on the property.

General Robert Edward Lee

General Robert E. Lee

Union Troops At General Lee's Arlington Mansion
Lee’s Arlington Mansion surrounded by Union Troops
Arlington Cemetery is the largest military cemetery in the United States.  It encompasses 624 acres and over 290,000 military personnel from all American Wars are buried there.

Do you have any family members who are buried in Arlington?   Perhaps their marker is shown in the panoramic image below.   Click here to see additional photos of the cemetery.

If you are looking for your own family member who is buried in a military cemetery, be sure to visit the Veterans Gravesite Locator web site.

Good luck in your military related ancestral quest!

20 July 2008 Posted by | Research Tips | Leave a comment