On this day The great American Robert E Lee

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    DF881A0D-833F-417E-82C5-C6961A40728A.jpeg On this Day April 20, 1861

    Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the United States army two days after he was offered command of the Union army and three days after his native state, Virginia, seceded from the Union.

    Lee opposed secession, but he was a loyal son of Virginia. His official resignation, sent to Secretary of War Simeon Cameron, was only one sentence but he wrote a longer explanation to his friend and mentor, General Winfield Scott, later that day. Lee had fought under Scott during the Mexican War (1846-48), and he revealed to his former commander the depth of his struggle. Lee spoke with Scott on April 18, and explained that he would have resigned then “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 possess.” Lee expressed gratitude for the kindness shown him by all in the army during his 25-year service, but Lee was most grateful to Scott. “To no one, general, have I been as much indebted as to yourself for uniform kindness and consideration…” He concluded with this poignant sentiment: “Save in the defense of my native State, I never desire again to draw my sword.”

    Arlington, Washington City P.O.
    April 20, 1861

    General:

    Since my interview with you on the 18th instant I have felt that I ought not longer to retain my commission in the Army. I therefore tender my resignation, which I request you will recommend for acceptance.

    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 all the best years of my life & all the ability I possessed.

    During the whole of that time, more than 30 years, I have experienced nothing but kindness from my superiors, & the most cordial friendship from my companions. To no one Genl have I been as much indebted as to yourself for uniform kindness & consideration, & it has always been my ardent desire to merit your approbation.

    I shall carry with me to the grave the most grateful recollections of your kind consideration, & your name & fame will always be dear to me. Save in the defense of my native State, I never desire again to draw my sword.

    Be pleased to accept my most earnest wishes for the continuance of your happiness & prosperity & believe me most truly yours

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    A great American hero, faced with an impossible choice.
     
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    Have immense respect for General Robert E. Lee. We have a portrait of him on our wall.
     
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    Too bad for his legacy that he chose to fight for slavery. Robert E. Lee, forever the brilliant general turned traitor and slaver puppet...

    Too bad he wasn't shot in the face immediately upon resigning. Perhaps a great many lives could have been saved.
     
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    I visited the birthplace of Robert E Lee, once. It was very interesting, as a historical site on plantation life, and I would recommend it.

    Not worth the trip by itself, but if you are ever near by.
     
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    Hey Jizz, ever considered moving south?

    Maybe Boston is not for you, what with all those colleges and Democrats.
     
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    "Puppet"? How do you figure?


    Good point about if he had been killed early on. Would have made the war much easier. Though the implications of an assassination could be problematic, down the line.
     
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    He fought for slavery huh?
     
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    Huh? Why would I move?
     

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