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NEW YORK, SATURDAY, JULY 19, 1862.
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1862, by Harper & Brothers, in
the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
THE "WHITE HOUSE."
ON this page
we give a picture
of the famous "
WHITE HOUSE," on the Pamunky,
formerly the residence
Lee, and lately occupied by
the Union forces as a
depot for stores. This house
was burned at the evacuation of the place by our troops. The following letter on
the subject, from the pen of Mr. Benson J. Lossing,
will be read with interest:
To the Editors of the Evening Post :
The telegraph brings us intelligence this morning that the
famous "White House," which has occupied more of public attention
lately than it deserved, has been destroyed by our troops. The account
contains the remark that "some
Vandal hand set it on fire." As this will be the last of the "White House"
itself, but probably not of the repetition of the name of Washington and of the
word " Vandal" in connection with its destruction, permit me to say, on the very
best authority, that the building in question
was not the one whose roof "sheltered Washington during his honeymoon,"
as has been alleged, nor does the estate belong "to the rebel General Lee."
The "White House" where Washington resided with his bride (the owner) during the
first few weeks of his married life was demolished many years ago,
and the late building, some-what different in form, was erected upon its site.
This estate, as well as that of Arlington, near Washington city, was the
property of the late G.
W. P. Custis, the grandson of Mrs. Washington. Mary Custis, the wife of the
rebel General Lee, is the sole heir of
Mr. Custis, and all his property will remain her possession, according to
the provisions of his will, during her natural life, and then become the
patrimony of her children. One of
her sons, formerly an officer
in the army of the United States, but now Colonel of a rebel regiment at
Richmond, has, since his marriage in 1850, been the occupant of the "White
House" and surrounding estate, the property of his mother. I repeat that the
late "White House" was never seen by Washington, and
that the estate is not the property of
the " rebel General Lee." Mrs. Lee, his wife, is my authority for the assertion.
As the late " White House" itself possessed no rightful claim to our reverence,
and never had any more title to the respect of loyal Americans than the
modern mansion and estate of any other rebel family on the Peninsula, all
talk about its sanctity and of the Vandalism of its destroyers may very properly
cease. B. B. J. L.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y.,
July 1, 1862.
This was the
house about the
non-occupation of which as a hospital some factious and extremely foolish
members of Congress made
such an absurd rumpus,
THE "WHITE HOUSE," ON THE PAMUNKY, LATELY OCCUPIED BY THE UNION FORCES.
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