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Arlington born out of anger at Gen. Lee

As an affront to him, graves usurped home

Posted: May 25, 2014 at 5:10 a.m.

The east front of Arlington House, Robert E. Lee's beloved home, with Union soldiers on the lawn, is seen on June 28, 1864. The estate became a cemetery because Union Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs detested Lee and wanted to make sure the Lees never returned to their home. Illustrates ARLINGTON-HISTORY (category l), by Linda Wheeler, special to The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, May 22, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: National Archives and Records Administration)

Union Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs detested Robert E. Lee, who had once been his friend and mentor, even his idol. Once Lee defected to the Confederate side, Meigs turned against him with a vengeance.

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