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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Resignation of Robert E. Lee from the United States Army

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Resignation of Robert E. Lee from the United States Army

“I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home…”

April, 1861, Robert E. Lee made a gut wrenching decision to turn down command of federal troops and give up his U.S. Army commission to fight for Virginia. April, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of that critical decision. As Lee rose to be the South’s greatest general the U.S. Government seized his family’s plantation and made it into the nation’s most revered military burial ground – Arlington National Cemetery.

Join the National Park Service as it commemorates “Lee’s Great Decision” with a series of special events, exhibits and programs, April 16 – April 24, at General Lee’s old home, Arlington House, in the center of Arlington National Cemetery.

All events are free but reservations are required. Call: (703) 235-1530.

A special exhibit of rare Robert E. Lee artifacts will be displayed during the anniversary period. Included are: an original handwritten draft of his resignation and his U.S. Army sword and revolver.

Two special evening programs will be conducted:

Saturday, April 16, 7:00pm-10:00pm, will focus on the beginning of the Civil War, Virginia’s secession from the Union and Lee’s resignation. This program will include talks, tours, music and a lecture by award winning Lee scholar, Elizabeth Pryor, author of “Reading the Man.” Ms. Pryor has recently discovered dramatic new information about Lee’s resignation that she will reveal.

Tuesday, April 19, 8:00pm-12:30am, will be a vigil, marking the hours in which Lee made his solemn commitment to Virginia. A video talk on “Lee in Film,” tours, dramatic readings of Lee’s letters, and a program of period music will highlight the evening.

These events offer a rare opportunity for the public to tour the house at night and view the Washington, D.C. evening skyline from the finest vantage point in the area.

Sunday, April 24, at 2:00pm will be a lecture on “Southern Honor and the Election of Abraham Lincoln” by noted Civil War historian, Peter Carmichael, at Arlington House. 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Walking tours of Civil War Arlington Cemetery, Period music and children’s activities will be conducted.

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial is a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Additional information is available on the Internet at or by calling (703) 235-1530, Monday through Friday.


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