Today in History
April 20, 1861
"To lift my hand against my own State and people is impossible," Lee writes to a friend. The decision to resign causes the general great turmoil as he ponders giving up his loyalty to his men, his flag and his associates, particularly General Winfield Scott. His intention is to live as a private citizen, but two days later, he accepts a commission to command the Army of Northern Virginia, which becomes more commonly known as "Lee’s Army."
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"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."
— Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg.
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