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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

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

Augt: 6. 1853.

General.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Bt: Brig: Genl. Bankhead’s letter of the 29th Ulto:, with Regimental order No. 35, transferring Lieut: Mebane to Light Company “A” 2d. Arty.

In reply to your instructions I have the honor to report that Lieut. Mebane could not be relieved from duty at the Military Academy without serious detriment to the Mathematical Departt. as is fully set forth in the communication of Prof: Church to me, a copy of which is enclosed. Should, however, controlling circumstances render his withdrawal from the Institution imperative, I have to request that one of the following named officers be detailed in his stead, preference being given in the order named.

Bt: 2d Lieut:G. K. WarrenTopl. Engineer
2nd Lieut:B. DuBarry3rd Artillery
1st Lieut:T. S. Rhett2nd. Artillery
2nd Lieut:James Thompson2nd. Artillery

Lt: Thompson it is proper to say, is Prof: Church’s 2nd Choice, but I have placed him last, in consequence of his having graduated but two years since.

Lieut. DuBarry, I understand had applied for a leave of absence, but I have reasons for believing that he would forego the indulgence if ordered on duty here. Genl: Bankhead’s letter and order are returned, herewith

Very respectfully. Sir Your obedt Servt:Signed/ Geo: W. Cullum
Capt:U.S.Engineers
Supt: Mil: Acady.

P.S. The letter of Mr. A. Campbell omitted to be enclosed with my letter of yesterday’s date is herewith.

Signed G.W.C.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 43. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”

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