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Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

18 Dec. 1854

General.

Upon inspection of the sketch of the Embrazure [word “Target” stricken] Shutter latch, it was apprehended that the handle would be carried away by a shot fired at the extreme horizontal range & depression & Lt. Gilmore was directed to make a drawing of the gun in position to ascertain the fact. He has reported that it would interfere with the passage of a shot under these limits, & has proposed modifications to avoid the injury that the latch & shutter might thereby sustain, which are herewith enclosed. Nos: 2 & 3 appear the most compact & suitable. The former is less liable to be injured by shot against the embrazure. The latter furnishes the best handle to raise the latch.

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