General Robert E. Lee
Accepts Command of the Citizen's Army of Virginia
delivered by Robert Duvall
Mr. President, Gentlemen of the convention, [I'm] profoundly impressed
by the solemnity of the occasion for which, I must say, I was not
I accept the position
assigned me by your partiality.
I would have much
preferred had your choice fallen on an abler man.
But trusting to
Almighty God, an approving conscience, and the aid of my
fellow citizens, I devote myself to the service of my native
State, in whose behalf alone will I ever again draw my
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