Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady.

28 April 1854


In compliance with instructions contained in your letter of the 26th Inst. I have assigned Br. Major Fitz John Porter for the Dept. of Art & Cavalry, & directed him to relieve Major Thomas & take charge of the Dept. Detachments and property.

I also nominate 1st Lt. S.F. Chalfin 1st Arty. in place of Br. Capt. Palmer & Lt. Wyman refused; to relieve 1st Lt. DuBarry in the Dept. of French.

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

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 103. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”