Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady.

May 31, 1854


In reply to the application of the Honble Burton Craig, for a leave of absence for Cadet J. B. Wheeler, referred to me on the 26th Inst., I have the honour to state that the annual encampment of the Cadets will commence about the 20th June, immediately at the close of the examinations. That the graduation of one class & the regular furlough of the another devolves the whole camp duty upon the (then) 1st & 3rd classes, until the newly admitted 4th class is sufficiently instructed to share the burden—that Cadet Wheeler had his furlough last year from the 17th June till the 28th Aug. That his class will commence on going into camp, their course of Practical Engineering & the study of Infy & Arty Tactics—that it would be unjust to his class & corps to grant him an indulgence equally desirable to all, & retain them to do his share of camp duty. A regard therefore for his own instruction & the general interest of the Cadets, compels me to recommend that a leave of absence be not granted him.

Very resp. Your obedt. Servt.Signed/ R. E. Lee Br. Col:
Supt: Mil: Acady

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 108. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”