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Object Name LETTER
Catalog Number REL-11
Date April 20, 1861
Scope & Content Robert E. Lee to Mrs. Anne Marshall, April 20, 1861

Physical Appearance: April 20, 1861 - Photocopy of original letter from Robert E. Lee to his sister, Anne Marshall, signed R. E. Lee. Lee explains to his sister, who supported the Union, why he decided to resign his commission with the United States Army and asks her to think kindly of his decision to go with the South. Lee states: "I know you will blame me, but you must think of me as kindly as you can and believe that I have endeavored to do what I thought right."

He also mentions enclosing a copy of his letter of resignation, which was written on the same day, "to show you the feeling and struggle it has cost me..."
People Marshall, Anne
Lee, Robert E.
Subjects Secession
Resignation from office
Military officers