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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

20 Jany. 1854


I have the honour to transmit by this days mail the journal of operations for testing the effects of shot against the embrazure Target, conducted under your directions at this place in November last. The delay in forwarding it, has occurred from my being obliged to withdraw Lt. Gilmore for the drawings, & his subsequent indisposition. The original sketches & drawings were however first completed, & all the facts & incidents transcribed as they occurred. The correctness of the record has not been injured by the delay in making the copies, which required more time & labour than first supposed. The appearance of the target at the completion of the experiments is shown by photographic delineations, which will serve to verify the description &c.

I remain Very resply. Yr. obt Srvt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

P.S. The instructions of the Secy. of War of Nov. 1st on the subject were herewith returned.

Sigd. R. E. Lee

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, pp. 86–87. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”