Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

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In February, 1861, after the secession of Texas, my father was ordered to report to General Scott, the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army. He immediately relinquished the command of his regiment, and departed from Fort Mason, Texas, for Washington. He reached Arlington March 1st. April 17th, Virginia seceded. On the 18th ColonelLee had a long interview with General Scott. On April 20th he tendered his resignation of his commission in the United States Army. The same day he wrote to General Scott the following letter:

"ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 20, 1861.

"General: Since my interview with you on the 18th
inst. I have felt that I ought no longer to retain my
commission in the Army. I therefore tender my resig
nation, which I request you will recommend for accept
ance. It would have been presented at once but for
the struggle it has cost me to separate myself from a
service to which I have devoted the best years of my life,
and all the ability I possessed.

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