Musings on history,most especially on the War Between The States,southern culture and anything else that may tickle my fancy or riles my blood.
http://www.nps.gov/arho/historyculture/slavery.htmIn his will, George Washington Parke Custis stipulated that all the Arlington slaves should be freed upon his death if the estate was found to be in good financial standing or within five years otherwise. When Custis died in 1857, Robert E. Lee—the executor of the estate—determined that the slave labor was necessary to improve Arlington's financial status. The Arlington slaves found Lee to be a more stringent taskmaster than his predacessor. Eleven slaves were “hired out” while others were sent to the Pamunkey River estates. In accordance with Custis's instructions, Lee officially freed the slaves on December 29, 1862
Thank you ,Brock,for that clarifaction.Still,General Lee,free those slaves under his charge well before the 13th Amendant was invoked in 1865,unlike U.S.Grant's wife.
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