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The Civil War

Arlington National Cemetery

The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
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Arlington National Cemetery
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.05

     challenging words:    ancestral, nameless, estate, despite, representative, federal, kennedy, land, value, lead, court, lived, graves, honor, service, during
     content words:    George Washington, George Washington Parke Custis, Arlington House, Mary Anna, Robert E., Confederate Army, Civil War, Private William Christman, President John F., Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
By Cathy Pearl

1     The land where Arlington is today was never meant to be a cemetery. The land first belonged to the family of George Washington. His adopted grandson was George Washington Parke Custis. He started a large house on the land in 1802. It would be called Arlington House.
2     Arlington was the name of a Custis family estate. It was an ancestral estate in Virginia. George and his wife lived in the house that he built for the rest of their lives.
3     The only child of George and his wife was Mary Anna. She would marry Robert E. Lee. This is the same man who would eventually lead the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
4     Despite what many people think, Lee never owned Arlington. The estate belonged to his wife. When she died, the estate was supposed to go to their oldest son.
5     Lee and Mary Anna lived in the house until 1861 when Virginia seceded from the Union. Lee was worried about his wife. He wrote her a letter and asked her to get ready to leave.

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