Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point NY.

August 10. 1853


I have the honor to inform you that I received at six o’clock last evening your telegraph from Washington, directing the detail of four non Commissioned Officers & four Artificers or Privates from the Engineer Company to report to Major Delafield, Corps of Engineers, at New York. The names of those detailed will be seen by referring to Special Orders No. 98 from Head Quarters Mil. Acady. dated to-day. The four non comd. officers are superior men, and the four artificers are the very best of those remaining in the Company—the balance now here being pretty indifferent for selection for future details. The detachment left this post at 1 P.M. to-day fully equiped, armed with musketoons, and supplied with one thousand ball cartridges. That there should be no failure in complying with your specific instructions, I directed Lieut. Duane to accompany them to New York. If there is any probability of the Company being ordered to the Rio Grande. I should like to be apprised of it at the earliest possible moment.

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. 44. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”

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