Robert E. Lee

Henry Bennett

U.S. Military Academy West Point

1 Augst. 1854


Your application to the Honble. Secy of War , for a leave of absence for your nephew Cadet C.E. Bennett for ten days, to accompany you home, has been referred to me.

Your nephew is daily engaged in recg. instruction with his class in Practical Engineering in the morning; & in recitations in the course of Arty Tactics in the afternoon. Any interruption to these lessons will be to his disadvantage. He recd last summer a furlough during the whole encampment, & this is his turn for duty.

I regret therefore a regard for his own interests, as well as the interest of the Corps, compels me to withhold my recommendation that a leave be granted him.

I am with much respect 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. 128. Addressed “Honble. Henry Bennett Washington City”