A Poem Honoring George Washington
Arlington House 15th July 1833
On the other page is written a few stanzas which I composed for the centennial anniversary of the birth of Washington and of ___ to your request, will look over my treasured reminisces of Washington in hope of obtaining for you an autograph. With great regard my D'Sir.
Yr Obt Servt
George W.P. Custis
Lines written for the Centennial Anniversary of the Birth of Washington. Feby 22 1832 by George Washington P. Custis of Arlington
A Century's gone by. All hail the Day
And so it ___, for in his dawning youth
And now his Country calls her Savior son
Far greater trials 'wait his manhood hour
For hark. The trumpets clangor ___ the Brave
And where's the Chief at this dread hour of need.
With modest ___ he accepts the high command
Illustrious man. Could not ambition then
Ah no. Thy laurels were by virtues won
Thou Empire Founder, Patriot, Soldier, Sage
Did You Know?
Robert E. Lee made his decision to resign from the US Army in his bedchamber on the second floor of Arlington House. Lee wrote his resignation letter the night of April 20, 1861, and left two days later, never to return.