Robert E Lee, Letter to Winfield Scott, page 1, 1861

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Robert E Lee, Letter to Winfield Scott, page 1, 1861

Arlington, Washington City P. O.
20 April 1861
Lt Genl Winfield Scott
Commd the Army
Since my interview with you on the
18 Inst: 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


Robert E Lee
Date written
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Courtesy of the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia
Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), Robert E. Lee, autograph letter signed to Winfield Scott. Arlington, Va., 20 April 1861. AMs 359/23[1]
File name
Lee Robert E 1807-001-001-001

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