Washington 10th Decr 12
In reply to yr letter recd last evening I have the pleasure to inform you that Mr Wheatons character as an officer in the revolutionary army is well recollected by me.
He belonged to Col. Olneys regt from Rhode Island, than which no corps in the army was more distinguished.
My Legion was connected with it in defence of two bridges at the battle of Springfield in New Jersey & I was a witness to the zeal & courage extended by the regt on that occasion which was never exceeded during the war.
Mr Wheaton (then I believe a Lt) was in the leading section & was conspicuous throughout the action for his exemplary gallantry, a distinction which he sustained to the end of the war.
Yr most ob. Sevt
Genrl Henry Lee
to John Burke
10th Decr 1812
City of Washington
to the care of the honl Mr Dawson
Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 6, M2009.120
Transcribed by Caitlin Connelly, 2016 June 7