Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 23, 1861 (Tuesday) Enter Robert E. Lee

Lee's Resignation Letter

Richmond, Va., April 23, 1861.

General Orders, No. 1.

In obedience to orders from his excellency John Letcher, governor of the State, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Lee assumes command of the military of naval forces of Virginia.


Lee, 54, graduated 2nd in a class of 46 from the U.S. Military Academy in 1829.  At this point, Lee commanded only Virginia State troops.

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