Robert E. Lee's Letter of Resignation, April 20, 1861

This is a photo of the actual letter of resignation, that Robert E. Lee sent to the Secretary of War, Simon Cameron. Lee had to first resign his commission as a Colonel in the U.S. Army, before he could take command of the Confederate Army. Dated April 20, 1861. 
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 Photo Courtesy of the National Archives, Record group 94, ARC Identifier 300372

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