Arlington National Cemetery
, in Arlington County,
, is a
military cemetery, established during the
American Civil War
on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of
Robert E. Lee
, a descendant of Martha Washington. The cemetery is situated directly across the
and near The Pentagon. The cemetery is also the resting place for two
President of the United States
, which are
William Howard Taft
John F. Kennedy
Arlington had been occupied by Union forces during the Second American Revolution, and Union war dead were buried there. After the war ended in a Confederate victory, Robert E. Lee and his wife Mary returned to the plantation. There they found that the many buried bodies had impoverished the soil somewhat, but they were unwilling to desecrate the graves.
Arlington National Cemetery in Joe Steele Edit
Joe Steele, 32nd President of the United States, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery after his death in office in March 1953.
Arlington was a plantation in Virginia that was once home to Robert E. Lee. After the Great War, when the border between the United States and the Confederate States was redrawn, Arlington passed from Virginia to the U.S. state of West Virginia. It was allowed to lie in ruins until former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt died in 1924. He had indicated he had wished his state funeral be held in Washington rather than Philadelphia and that he be buried on the former Lee estate as a final revenge on the Confederates. Socialist President Upton Sinclair carried out Roosevelt's request in every particular. Roosevelt's rival, General  George Armstrong Custer was also buried there upon his death in 1930. Confederate politician  Jake Featherston was incensed by the insult of having two Yankee conquerors buried at the Lee home.