Robert E. Lee

Albert P. Wheeler

U.S. Mil. Academy West Point N.Y.

6 Dec. 1854

Dear Sir,

Your son, Cadet J. T. Wheeler has this morning informed me of your desire that he should resign & return home. The regns. require that he should have your written assent to this step, which if you will send, I will forward to the Secy. of War with this resignation, & recommend its acceptance.

I regret the circumstances that render this course advisable; & that in the opinion of his Prof., he will not be able to pass the Jany. examination. His number of demerit also much exceeds 100, which would require the Academic Board to declare him deficient in conduct & recommend his discharge. You must not, however think that he has been guilty of any conduct calculated to affect his character or standing. His demerit has arisen from carelessness & inattention to his duties & studies; the importance of which he was perhaps too young to appreciate; or to realize the consequences of this neglect. I hope however it may have the effect to excite him to earnest exertion in whatever he may undertake; & that his present failure may inspire his future success.

I am happy to inform you that he has recovered from the effects of his sprain & is otherwise well.

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. 155. Addressed “Albert P. Wheeler Esq. Wheeling, Virg.”