Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

28 Augst., 1854


Cadet F. J. Lee, of the 3rd Class, regularly posted as a Sentinel around Camp, was found lying down & asleep off his post, on the 27th Inst.. Cadet Craig of the same class, was found asleep under similar circumstances, on the 12th Inst.; no report of these cases were made at the time, as it was the intention to submit them to the Genl. Court Martial that was expected to assemble on the cases reported in my letter of the 24th Inst.

The offense with which these young gentlemen are charged, is of so grave a character in a Military point of view, & the 46 Article of War seems to require its punishment should be awarded by a Genl. Court Martial, that I must request one for the purpose; having in my opinion no means sufficiently to reprehend or condemn it.

A Genl. Court Martial is also wanted for the trial of one of the enlisted men.

I have the honour to be 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. 132. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”