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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point. N.Y.

August 1. 1853.

General.

I have the honor to request that one of the officers hereafter named may be detailed for duty at the Military Academy in the dept: of French, preference being in the order named. viz:

Bvt: Capt: Innis N. PalmerMounted Rifles
   ”   2d Lieut. John G. ParkeTopl. Engineers
   ”   Capt: H. L. Shields3rd. Artillery

to supply the vacancy caused by Lt. Platt, 2nd Arty having been ordered to join his compy. The officer detailed should be ordered to report by the 28th Inst:

I am very resply. Your obedt Servt.Signed/ Geo W. Cullum
Capt: US Eng

P.S. Cadet Langdon requests permission to receive a parcel from his friends containing some paper & a water colour drawing—& Cadet DeHart asks that he may receive 3 Blankets from his home—which requests are recommended for favorable consideration

Signed. G.W.C.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 41. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington, City D.C.”

George W. Cullum signed this letter on behalf of Lee.