Robert E. Lee

W. Rudd

14 Sept. 1854

I had the honour to receive today your letter of the 11th in reference to the manner in which the name of your Grandson, is borne on the Cadet Register of June 1854. The Register is an abstract of the Merit Rolls formed by the Academic Board at each Annual Examination; & showing the standing of each Cadet in each branch of instruction in which he has been examined; forwd. to the War Department & which the Regns. of the Acady. require shall be printed, & a copy sent to the parent of each Cadet.

I am ignorant of the practice pursued at the Naval Acady, to which you refer; But the Cadet Registers have been made out in the manner stated, as far as I am acquainted, from the commencement of the Institution & are in accordance with the regns. of the War Dept.

It is considered no disgrace for a Cadet to fail in any branch at the Acady, & should he have made an honest effort to succeed; & have well performed his part; he is considered entitled to as much credit, as if he had graduated.

In such cases, as a mark of just appreciation of his character & conduct, he is allowed to resign; & is furnished with a certificate of resignation, setting forth his proficiency & progress in his studies & Mil. Exercises. It gives me pleasure to state that your grandson, in consequence of his good conduct & attention to duty; recd this mark of approbation of the Dept. & carried with him the esteem of the Offcrs of the Acady, & their regret at his separation from it.

I remain Very respfy, 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. 137. Addressed “Mr. W. Rudd.”