Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

23 Dec. 1853


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.”