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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

23 Dec. 1853

Gen:

In reply to your enquiry of the 21st Inst. in reference to the correctness of the extract
from Major Garnett’s report of the 18th: I have to state that the words specified by you are
correctly copied; & that you may know the reasons for the opinion thus expressed, I have caused
the remainder of his report to be appended to the extract returned to me, but I do not consider it
as a part of my report submitted to you.

CLOSING(Signed) R. E. Lee. Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 80. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”