Robert E. Lee

Joseph H. Cunningham

U.S. Mil: Acady West Point. NY.

8 Nov. 1853

Dear Sir.

I have just recd. your letter of the 1st Inst: announcing the said intelligence of the death of your son, & truly sympathize with you in your heavy affliction. I have communicated the distressing information to your son Cadet Geo: A. Cunningham, & handed to him your letter enclosed to me. I trust he will bear his painful bereavement with fortitude & resignation, & endeavor to supply to you the place of one, whose loss you must so deeply feel. I think you can take much comfort in your son at this Institution. He stands very well in his class. Is in the 3rd Section in Mathematics, in the 2nd in English Studies, & is attentive to his Military duties. I hope he will spare no exertion to maintain his position & to give you all the consolation in his power.

I remain Sir. resply. 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. 67. Addressed “Jos: H. Cunningham Esq Chummenuggee Macon Co: Ala.”