Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady.

13 March 1854


I have the honour to hand you herewith a plan of the ground occupied by the Eng. Compy. at this Post, with two positions marked thereon for their Barracks. I prefer that fronting East & West, provided you will authorize the removal of the present Powder Magazine- the proposed arrangement & grading of the Compy. grounds, is also represented in red lines, as well as two positions for quarters for the Company Officers on the hill above, East & West of Capt. Boynton’s qtrs & on the north side of the road. They are the only positions I can get adjacent to the Compy. & for reasons that will be obvious to you on an inspection of the drawing, I give the preference to the one nearest the north gate.

The construction of the arched bridgeway to the Equipment shed, I propose to defray out of the unexpended balance of funds in the hands of Capt. Cullum & Lt. R.S. Smith. The labour of grading &c. to be performed by the Company.

All of which is submitted for your approval & orders.

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

Estimate for Barrack & Qtrs. For officers are enclosed.

Sigd. R.E.L.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 96. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”