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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

July 31, 1854

General.

I have the honour to request that one of the following named officers may be detailed for duty at the Mily. Acady. as Assistant Instructor in Artillery, to supply the vacancy caused by the assignment of Lt. J. B. Fry to duty as Adjutant—preference being in the order named, viz:

Lieut. John Gibbon

Lieut. Grier Talmadge

Both officers mentioned belong to the 4th Arty, the last details having been from the 1st Regt and
selection being confined to the 1st & 4th Regts. By Dept. letter of the 17 April last.

The practical Instruction in Arty. is now in operation and an Officer is needed as soon as he can be detailed, to continue the course and prepare for the ensuing Academic term.

I am very respectfully 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. 127. Addressed “Genl. J. G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”