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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

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

Augt: 9. 1853.

General.

I have the honor to return the letter of Mrs. Catherine L. Ward to his Excellency the President of the United States, making application for her son Lieut: J. N. Ward, 3rd Infty to be detailed for duty at the Mily. Academy.

From what I learn of Lieut: Ward he would be well suited for an assistant in the Dept: of Infty. Tactics, in which no vacancy now exists, but his standing in Mathematics (41), French (30), & Drawing (20), is too low to authorize me to add his name to he list of officers I have forwarded for details in those departments.

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

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.