Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

Head Quarters Military Academy West Point. NY.

June 14. 1853.


I have the honor to request that Cadets William R. Boggs, and Thomas Night, of the graduating class, may be detailed for duty at the Military Academy in the Department of Artillery, during the ensuing encampment of the Corps of Cadets, and that at its expiration they may be granted the usual leave of absence of three months.

I am Sir. Very respectfully Your obedt ServantSigned/ R. E. Lee
Capt. Corps of Engr. Br. Col.
Supt. M.A.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 31. Addressed “General Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington. D.C.”