Robert E. Lee quotes
With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling and loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State -- with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be used -- I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.
On resigning his commission (1861). He was soon appointed to the Virginia Militia and later headed the Confederate Army.