Sunday, October 6, 2013

Major General Robert E. Lee to Mary Custis Lee, May 2, 1861

May 2, 1861.

I have just received Custis’s letter of the 30th, enclosing the acceptance of my resignation. It is stated it will take effect on the 25th of April. I resigned on the 20th, and wished it to take effect on that day. I cannot consent to its running on farther, and he must receive no pay if they tender it beyond that day, but return the whole if need be.

SOURCE: John William Jones, Life and Letters of Robert Edward Lee: Soldier and Man, p. 141

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