<br /> Lee Letter: w021

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee
Recipient: Gen. Joseph G. Totten

Genl

In forwy the application of Lt D R Jones of the 2nd Infy, to be relieved from duty as Asst Instr of Tactics at the Mil Academy; I beg leave to present for your favourable consideration the name of 1st Lt A. D. Nelson of the 6th Infy as a suitable officer to fill the vacancy in that Dept. Should the application of Lt Jones be granted, I must ask that Lt Nelson be ordered to report in his place without delay.

Nothing has yet been heard of Lt Baird who was ordered to take the place of in the Mathematical Dept.

I have the honour to be Sir Your obt ser

R E Lee Bt Col
Supt Mil Acady

<illegible> Recv’d, Jan’y 12/53]

Notes:

Lee-Jackson CollectionLeyburn Library

Two endorsements follow the text of this letter. The first reads: “Mil Acad 33.3 Rec’ Jany 10 West Point – Jany 6. 1853 Bt Col: R. E. Lee Transmits application of Lt D. R. Jones to be relieved from duty at Mil Acady. Names 1st Lt A. D. Nelson 6th Infy to succeed him (if relieved) as Asst.-Instr of Tactics Nothing has been heard of Lt Baird ordered to take the place of Lt Haines in the Mathematical Dep. Engineer Department 11 January 1853.”

The second endorsement reads: “The I concur with Col: Lee, Supt: of the Military Academy in his proposal of the application of Lieut. D. R. Jones 2nd Infantry to be relieved from duty at the Military Academy, and in his request that Lieut: A. D. Nelson report in his place without delay. Respectfully submitted to the Adjutant General for the sanction of the Comdg General – whose attention is invited to the non-arrival at the Milt. Academy of Lt Baird. J. G. Totten Bt Brg Genl.”