Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Did Lee actually farm the land where today is the huge cemetary of military characters?

6 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    No, I doubt he ever heaved a hoe or a shovel or picked a piece of fruit or boll of cotton in his life. He had other people whom he violently forced to do that while he pocketed the profits. It's called "slavery."

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes, Robert E Lee used to own the land where Arlington National Cemetery is located.  Actually, it was his wife Mary who owned it.  The land was originally bought by John Parke Custis, the son of Martha Washington from her first marriage (and thus step son of George Washington).  In 1802, Custis' son, George Washington Parke Custis, inherited the land and built a mansion there.  George Washington Parke Custis' daughter Mary married US Army officer Robert E Lee.  When her father died in he late 1850s, she inherited the house (most of Lee's wealth actually belonged to his wife).  Lee had lived there for a few years when the Civil War broke out.  In 1864, Union Quatermaster General Montgomery Meigs ordered land on the Lee estate to be interred with Union war dead, partially because other cemeteries had filled up, but also as an act of spite against the hated Lee.  The burials, which are close to the house, were meant to ensure that Lee could never return there. 

  • 1 month ago

    Lee, no doubt  had slaves to farm any land he owned. 

    Not like he was out there, working side by side with slaves. 

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Actually it was his wife's home.  George Washington Parke Custis, the step-grandson and adopted son of George Washington and only grandson of Martha Custis Washington.built the house and when he died, he left the Arlington estate to Mary Custis Lee for her lifetime and thence to the Lees' eldest son, George Washington Custis Lee. The estate needed much repair and reorganization, and Robert E. Lee, as executor of Custis's will, took a three-year leave of absence from the Army to begin the necessary agricultural and financial improvements. During the American Civil War, the grounds of the mansion were selected as the site of Arlington National Cemetery, in part to ensure that Lee would never again be able to return to his home.

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  • 1 month ago

    I know it was visible from his front porch bit I have no idea if that was part of the plantation that was actually farmed.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, the union turned robert e lee's estate where there certainly was some sort of agriculture production going on, (not necessarily by lee turning soil himself) into Arlington cemetery, allegedly out of spite.

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