Further Reading

Arlington House

  • Hanna, Jennifer, Arlington House: Cultural Landscape Report, Volume 1, Washington: National Park Service, 2001. Available on-line.
  • Fisher, Charles, Randl, Chad, Staveteig, Kaaren. Historic Structure Report: North Dependency, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Service. Washington, D.C. 2009.
  • Fisher Charles, Randl Chad, Staveteig Kaaren. Historic Structure Report: South Dependency, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Service. Washington, D.C. 2009.
  • Nelligan, Murray H., Arlington House: The Story of the Lee Mansion Historical Monument, Burke, Virginia: Chatelaine Press, 2001 (Second Edition). Foundational for understanding the history of the property and the Custis and Lee families that lived there. Originally written in 1953, it does not include the substantial scholarship performed since then on the lives of the persons formerly enslaved at Arlington. To fill this void, see below. Available on-line.
  • Snell, Charles W., Editor Harlan D. Unrau, Arlington House: Historic Structure Report, 2 vols., Denver: National Park Service, 1985. Available on-line. Volume One: 1802-1933, Volume 2: 1934-1942, Supplemental Material.


Arlington’s People

  • Byrne, Karen L., “We Have a Claim on This Estate”: Remembering Slavery at Arlington House, Cultural Resource Management, U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, No. 4, 2002, Page 27. Available on-line.
  • Cook, Charles S., George Washington Parke Custis: A Rarefied Life in America’s First Family, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Publishers, Inc., 2021. Concise introduction to the life of Arlington House’s creator. Afterword by Matthew Penrod, retired National Park Service ranger, historian and interpreter at Arlington House, is a powerful analysis of how Custis fit into his times.
  • Coulling, Mary P., The Lee Girls, Winston-Salem: John F. Blair Publisher, 1987. Using diaries and letters, author follows Lee’s daughters from their childhood at Arlington House through the turmoil of the war years and the post-war period.
  • Freeman, Douglas S., R. E. Lee: A Biography, 4 vols., New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1933–1934. Pulitzer Prize winning biography (1935). Volume I, Chapters 1 through 25 describes Lee’s birth, youth, education, marriage, family, Federal military career and resignation from the U.S. Army. Late 20th Century critics cite the book as fueling Lost Cause mythology. Available on-line.
  • Good, Cassandra A., First Family: George Washington’s Heirs and the Making of America, New York: Hanover Square Press, 2023. Describes how G. W. P. Custis and his sisters advanced the memory of George Washington. Significantly, fills the void existing in earlier Arlington histories by providing valuable scholarship regarding the lives of the persons formerly enslaved at Arlington.
  • Guelzo, Alan C., Robert E. Lee: A Life, New York: Knopf, 2021. Examines Lee’s war-era actions in the context of the events of his youth and adolescence impacting his character and worldview.
  • Pryor, Elizabeth B., Reading The Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters, New York: Penguin, 2007. Revealing, as it is based on thousands of Lee family letters discovered in the basement of an Alexandria, Virginia bank in 2002. Organized thematically, includes substantial interpretation and opinion.


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