Robert E. Lee

Elijah Smead

U.S. Mil. Acady.

3 June 1854

My dear Sir,

It gives me pleasure to inform you that your son Cadet A. Smead was examined by the Academic Board this morning in his course of Engineering & acquitted himself very creditably—He was placed 15th in that branch—He is considered now as almost recovered from the effects of his fall, & only suffers from debility. I hope he will soon regain his strength, & acquit himself as well in the other branches of his course as he has in Engineering.

I am very respectfully Your Obt. ServSigned/ 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 “Elijah Smead Esq. Talbotton, Georgia”