Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

July 24, 1854


I have to report that on the night of the 19th Inst. between the hours of 12.30 & 2.30, Cadets Ferguson & Lee F. were found absent from camp. They were tried & punished for a similar offence by a Genl. Court Martial in Jany last & I regret that the leniency then extended to them by the Court has not had the effect of preventing a repetition of the offence. Under the 124 par. Academic Regns I cannot award adequate punishment & therefore submit the matter for your consideration & recommend their trial by a Genl. Court Martial, or such other course as you may deem fit, as I do not think it a case contemplated in par. 137.

I have also to report that on the 21st Inst. Cadet Carroll was found so drunk as to be unable to walk, & under the 118 par. Acady Regns. have to ask for a General Court Martial for his trial.

The reports of the Commdt. Of Cadets in both these cases are enclosed.

I have the honour to be 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, pp. 122–23. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”