Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Military Academy West Point

15 Sept: 1853


It is found that the black stripe, down the outer seam of the riding pantaloons, for the Cadets, is soon worn off by the Sabre, & constantly liable to be torn off by contact with the horses on either side.

The Instructor of Arty & Cavalry Tactics therefore proposes that it be replaced by a black welt, the first cost of which will be 8¢ less than the stripe & not require such perpetual repairing.

Although the saving in expense will be small, it is still desirable on the score of convenience.

I therefore propose that par 95. Acady. Regns be modified as follows.

95. Trowsers—.

For Riding. gray kersey; reinforced on the inside; black welt 1/8 of an inch “diameter, down the outer seam; faced at bottom with black leather for the space of “eight inches; outer seam slashed at bottom the same length.”

I have the honor to be. Your obedt ServtSigd. R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt. Mil. Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 52. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”