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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point.

Augt. 4. 1853

General.

If no officer has been detailed for duty at the Military Academy in the Dept: of Drawing_ I have the honor to request that preference be given to First Lieut. R. H. Rush. 2nd Arty., who it is understood by Prof. Weir, is desirous of coming to West Point.

Cadet Ryan requests permission to receive some underclothing from his home, which is recommended for favorable consideration.

I am very respectfully Sir. Your obedt ServtSigned/ Geo W. Cullum
Capt. US. Engineers
Supt. Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 42. Addressed “General Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”

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