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 Posted: Mon Jun 17th, 2013 11:18 pm
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  Mrs. Lee died in 1873 and the court case wasn't finally resolved until very late in 1882.

  As for the tax- the Congress authorized a special tax on property within districts that were in: "Insurrection." A tax was levied on Arlington, and Mrs. Lee, who was ill at the time, sent a relative to pay it. He was turned away by the authorities, who said that Mrs. Lee had to appear in person to pay the tax. The tax wasn't paid, which led to an auction in 1864. The Federal Government was the only bidder.

  As for Custis Lee, he had little money and no inheritance other than Arlington. Taking a cash settlement was the only reasonable option for him, since the Government apparently paid the fair market value for the property in 1883.

George Washington Custis Lee - Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

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