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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

27 June 1854

General.

In answer to the application of Col. J. J. Albert, Chief of Top. Engrs. For the relief of Lt. W. G. Peck from duty at the Mil. Acady. I have the honour to hand you the objections offered by the Prof. of Mathematics, in which I fully concur. I think it but fair, that the Staff Corps, fitted from the head of the graduating classes each year, should supply their proportion of offices as instructors; & not through the whole burden on the Regiments. There are four officers of the Engineer Corps, on duty at the Academy, independent of the three attached to the Company of Sappers & Miners, who also assist in the practical instruction of the Cadets in Engineering; & but one from the Top. Corps, & none from the Ordnance—Lt. Peck is peculiarly qualified for his position, & this withdrawal would be a serious loss to the Academy. If however his services are indispensable to his Corps, & another officers is equally qualified & willing to undertake his duties, be detailed in his place, he could be spared. I would recommend that at least two Top officers & two Ordnance Officers be detailed for duty at the Academy, & ordered to report by the 28th Augst. next. The letter of Col. Albert is returned.

I remain very respectfully Your Obt. 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. 115. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”