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Civil War log hut company kitchen, National Archives

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War we've created a website devoted to our favorite collections and sources on the Civil War. We'll be slowly adding to this site, including some digitized newspapers and book collections we own. If you have any suggestions or corrections for the website, please contact us at Thanks for your interest and happy searching!


Robert E. Lee resignation letter to the U.S. Secretary of War on April 20, 1861

Robert E. Lee, as well as hundreds of officers in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps from various seceding states, resigned his commission when his home state seceded. His resignation from the U.S. Army was followed by his acceptance to serve as a military advisor to CSA President Jefferson Davis and later a commission to lead the Army of Northern Virginia. In his resignation letter to the U.S. Secretary of War, he writes, "I have the honour to tender the resignation of my commission as Colonel of the 1st Reg. of Cavalry."

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