He was commanding the military operation to suppress the revolt of the radical abolitionist John Brown. In October 1859 Brown made a desperate attempt to take government arsenal in Harper’s Ferry Raid. Under the command of Colonel Lee, marines broke Brown’s resistance. In 1861 Lee was forced to become a more prominent military figure. President Lincoln was elected. That led to the Southern Caroline's Union separation. Other Southern states followed as well. Directly before the war broke President Lincoln through his secretary Francis Blair proposed to Lee to take command of all Federate Forces. Lee was supportive of the Union; he did not approve separation, and also considered slavery to be wrong and even freed his own slaves. However, his native State Virginia was not a part of South, he himself was against intrusion into South territories. Lee sent a letter of resignation which was accepted on April 25, 1861. Soon Lee offered his services to the recently elected President of the Confederation States of America Jefferson Davis. Davis first appointed Lee brigadier General and later full General. During the first stage war Lee was drafting men into the regular army, and in the summer of 1861, he took command of the Confederation troops in Western Virginia. Later he was called to the capital of Confederation Richmond, where he accepted the position of the chief military advisor to President Davis. Robert Lee Civil War Biographies Series.
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