Robert E. Lee, Arlington, and the Ministry of Truth

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(The Abbieville Institute) It is difficult to monitor the level of awareness of the effort to destroy the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Moses Ezekiel, a Jewish Confederate Veteran, who created this work of art, is buried below the monument along with three other veterans. This hate-filled and apparently anti-Semitic agenda, pushed by Ty Seidule, is not unique in American history. The story of Arlington Cemetery reveals another unsavory episode—one involving Robert E. Lee, George Washington, and the Custis family.

Envisioning economic disaster, the Lincoln Administration was determined to deny independence to the seceding Southern States. In some circles, the decision to coerce the States back into the Union caused civility and respect to be cast asunder. One area of disrespect centered on Arlington, the home of Robert E. Lee and his family.

In the early 1800s the mansion at Arlington and the surrounding property (around 1100 acres) was owned by George Washington Parke Custis, “the only grandson of Martha Washington, related to her through her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis.” (Brownell) [George Washington helped raise G.W.P. Custis and his sister as his own at Mount Vernon.] Custis and his wife, Mary, had four children but only Mary Anna lived to adulthood. Mary Anna “married Robert E. Lee at Arlington House on June 30, 1831.” (Brownell) The Greek-styled Arlington Mansion, which…

Robert E. Lee, Arlington, and the Ministry of Truth – Abbeville Institute