Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point

19 Sept: 1853


Having learned from the Hd. Qrs. of the Army, that neither Bt Major John F. Reynolds or Lt. J. P. Gauche can be detached for duty in the Dept: of Arty & Cavalry Tactics, as requested in my letter of the 1st Inst: I have the honour to recommend for that service the following named officers in the order in which they are given, viz:

1st Lt. Samuel F. Chalfin1st Arty.
1st Lt. John Gibbon4th Arty.
1st Lt. James B. Fry1st Arty.
2nd Lt. William Silvey1st Arty.

I am very respectfully. Yr Obt. Servt

Sigd. R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 53. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”