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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point

12 Sept. 1854

General.

In putting into operation the five year course of instruction, directed by the Dept. in your letter of the 6th Inst three classes (5th, 4th, & 3rd) will for the present have to be instructed in Math., & three (5th, 4th, & 1st) in English & Ethics. I can make arrangements to carry on their Mathcal instruction with the present instructors in that dept. but an additional assistance in the Dept. of English & Ethics will be required. I therefore have to request that either

2nd Lt. Joshua W. Gill, of the Ordnance Dept.
2nd Lt. H.W. Slocum of the 1st Arty.,
2nd Lt. Wm. A. Nimmo 4th Arty.

be detailed for the duty, & ordered to report as soon as practicable.

There is no officer of the Ordnance Dept. on duty at the Acady & I have confined my selection in the Arty. to the 1st & 4th as last ordered.

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. 136. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”