Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

11 January 1853


I enclose herewith the Report of the Progress, Aptitude &c of certain Cadets of the “Fourth Class” who at the present semiannual examination have been found deficient & recommended for discharge.

Heretofore Cadets similarly situated have been allowed to repair to their homes, there to wait the decision of the Secy of War, but the Regulation of the Dept. of 2nd July 1852 requires that the Cadets found deficient shall be retained at the Academy until the report of the Academic Board shall have been approved by the Secy of War.

I have therefore thought proper to forward the particular report in their case, before the general report of the examination in order that I may be notified as soon as possible of the action of the Secy. Their class recommences their studies today. These young gentlemen have been placed in a Section together & a teacher assigned them, but I presume will do nothing & I fear may interfere with the duties & welfare of the other Cadets. They have entirely neglected their Military duties since & in some cases even before their examination & I presume it would be a relief to them, as well as to the Acady to have their case decided at once.

I am very resply. Your obt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee Bvt: Col:
Supt. Mil. Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 314. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City DC.”