National Geographic : 1938 Jul
© National Geographic Society A GRASSHOPPER'S VIEW EXALTS TULIPS, DWARFS A MONUMENT Close to the spot selected by L'Enfant for a Washington memorial rises the marble shaft in honor of the Father of his Country. Many States, foreign nations, and individuals contributed suitably inscribed tablets, which are viewed by visitors who use the stairs instead of the elevator. finlay Photographs by Harrison Howell Walker ARLINGTON HOUSE WAS HOME TO TWO GREAT AMERICANS In a room of this mansion, built by George Washington Parke Custis, Colonel Robert E. Lee on the eve of the Civil War wrote the famous letter declining command of the United States Army. Quietly he rode from the plantation in civilian clothestooffer his services toVirginia.