Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

22 June 1853.


I have the honour to transmit herewith the Report of the activities of the Academic Board in the case of certain Candidates for admission who were found not duly qualified at their initiatory Examination.

In suggesting, if you deem fit, that the usual indulgence of a re-examination in the last of August be extended to them, should they be renominated, I would call your attention particularly to the case of Henry W. Fowler, from at large. He is the son of a Deceased officer of the Army, very young, & seems bright & intelligent, but failed on Decimal fractions, which he says he had not studied & did not know were required. From the manner in which he acquitted himself in other things I have no doubt he can prepare himself, on this subject by the last of August, if he should have the opportunity.

I am very respectfully, your obedt Servt(Signed) R. E. Lee Bt: Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 35. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City DC”