Background. Charles Delucena Meigs: His father was a nationally known obstetrician and professor of obstetrics at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs and Mary Montgomery Meigs. Meigs was born in Augusta, Georgia, in May 1816.He was the son of Dr. Charles Delucena Meigs and Mary Montgomery Meigs. The son of U.S. Army General Montgomery C. Meigs, he was born in Detroit, Michigan, and educated at Harvard University and in Germany. Rumored to be a guerrilla murder, not a combat death, the loss provoked Sheridan to exact harsh revenge on valley residents. The white tomb of Montgomery C. Meigs. Early life and engineering projects. To the right is a marker above the graves of his father and grandfather, who were reinterred next to him. His eldest son, John Rodgers Meigs, was a talented Union officer who was allegedly murdered by Confederate partisans while scouting the Shenandoah Valley on 3 October 1864. Included in his design was a 1,200-foot (370 m) long sculptured frieze executed by Caspar Buberl. Through legal measures designed to punish the traitors, the government legally acquired Arlington in January 1864 (Poole). Meigs was born in Augusta, Georgia, in May 1816, the son of Dr Charles Meigs. Lt. Meigs would be buried by his Father in the rose garden at Arlington House, which had formally been the … Union Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs detested Robert E. Lee, who had once been his friend and mentor, even his idol. Another factor that weighs in is that Meig’s son, John Rodgers Meigs, had died the same year from Confederates; Montgomery Meigs held Robert E. Lee personally responsible for his son’s death. To the left is the sarcophagus Meigs designed for his son, John (shown in bas relief). Meigs is also remembered as the officer who, in his official capacity as army cemeteries superintendent, recommended Robert E. Lee's former estate at Arlington as a fitting resting place for hundreds of Union soldiers who died in the war, including Meigs own son First Lieutenant John Rodgers Meigs. His eldest son, John Rodgers Meigs, was killed in the Shenandoah Valley while serving on Major General Philip H. Sheridan's staff. In 1817, his father moved to Philadelphia and established a practice there. Montgomery Cunningham Meigs was born in Augusta, Georgia on May 3, 1816. Montgomery Meigs was born at Augusta, Georgia, on May 3, 1816, the son of Dr. Charles Dulcena Meigs and Mary Montgomery Meigs. Once Lee defected to the Confederate side, Meigs turned against him … Meigs, who was on Sheridan’s staff at the time, was a West Point graduate and the son of the Quartermaster General of the United States, Montgomery Meigs. But to the Georgian Meigs the only real consolation was that his son died serving the Union. 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