"Thou Knowest Not the Time of Thy Visitation"

June 2011
Virginia Magazine of History & Biography;2011, Vol. 119 Issue 3, p276
The article discusses the dilemmas faced by Confederate general Robert E. Lee regarding his decision to resign his commission from the U.S. Army just prior to the U.S. Civil War in 1861 following the secession of Lee's home state of Virginia. The author examines correspondence on the subject written by Lee's daughter, Mary Custis Lee, in an effort to reconcile details of several biographical accounts of the decision. The author also examines the reaction of Lee's family to his decision.


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