Robert E. Lee owned a plantation across the river from Washington DC until the start of the Civil War. The Lees fled the home and the Union army occupied their land, ultimately burying Union war dead there to spite Lee for his treason. It is now Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery

For Arlington Cemetery in Pennsylvania, see Arlington Cemetery (Pennsylvania).

Arlington National Cemetery and the Netherlands Carillon in December 2012

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 624 acres (253 ha) the dead of the nation’s conflicts have been buried, beginning with the Civil War, as well as reinterred dead from earlier wars. The United States Department of the Army, a component of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), controls the cemetery.

The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate general Robert E Lee’s… Continue Reading

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_National_Cemetery