Wars and Conflicts:
H x W: 3.5 in. / 7 in.
Gift of Reginald W. Okie
The Army and Navy Club, gift of Reginald W. Okie
verso: Arlington, Va.
This magnificent estate was formerly the property of Mr. G.W.P. Custis, the grandson of Mrs. Washington, and the adopted son of General George Washington. It was the permanent residence of Mr. Custis for over half a century, after which it became the property of his daughter, Mrs. Lee, wife of General Robert E. Lee, of Virginia, afterwards so prominent in the Confederate military service. The place is rich in historical memoirs of the past. During the recent war the buildings were used for military purposes, and the grounds frequently for military camps. But having been subsequently bought by the Government at a tax sale, it has been devoted to public use. About 200 acres were appropriated for the National Cemetery, in which have been deposited the remains of 15,589 United States soldiers. There is also a fine Monument of granite erected over the remains of 2111 unknown soldiers, gathered from the various battle fields. The estate is entirely enclosed by a stone wall.