The Civil War, Day by Day

The Great Decision

The Great Decision

After a wrenching night of prayer and pondering, he finally concluded that his first duty was defense of his home.

It was the most wrenching decision of his life. Should he remain in the army, which had been his professional home for three decades, or should he offer his sword to his native land? The choice for Robert E. Lee had actually been made at birth. He declined command of Union forces for the unknowns of a Virginia generalship.

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