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Robert E. Lee

M. L. Montague

West Point

15 Feby 1853

My dear Sir.

I send the enclosed in compliance with your request of the 11th Inst: which I hope will answer your purpose.

Wishing you every success & happiness. I remain very truly yours(Signed) R E Lee

Mr. M. Lawrence Montague of Alabama, entered the U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point 1st July 1851 & served till Jany. 1853. During the whole time he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, he was conspicuous for his good soldiership & military deportment & in June 1852 was selected from his class for one of the appointments of Corporal, which office he held till he left the Academy.

He was considered by his Commandg Officer attentive to his duty, Subordinate in his conduct, Correct in his deportment, & well acquainted with the school of the soldier, Compy. & military police.

(Signed) R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt. Mil: Acady
West Point 15 Feby 1853.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 2, p. 326. Addressed “Mr. M. L. Montague. Washington. D.C.”