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Robert E. Lee

Proposed Change in Regulations

[19 December 1854]


Proposed change in Regulations, referred to in letter of Dec. 19, 1854

Par: 5. An officer of the Compy. of Engineers, shall be assigned to duty at the Military Academy, as Instructor of Practical Military Engineering; an officer of Infantry, as Instructor of
Infantry Tactics; an officer of Artillery, as Instructor of Artillery & an officer of Cavalry as
Instructor of Cavalry; and such number of Lieutenants of the Army to perform the duties of Assistant Professors, &c. as may from time to time be deemed necessary.—

Par: 8. The following members of the Academic Staff shall constitute a Board for the transaction of business, viz: the Superintendent, the Professors of Engineering, Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, Chemistry, Ethics, Drawing & French; the Instructors of Practical Military Engineering, Infantry Tactics, Artillery, & Cavalry; of which Board the Superintendent shall be President.

Par. 77. The Medical Officers convened annually at West Point in the month of June, to examine into the physical qualifications of the candidates for admission into the Military Academy (see Paragraph 21) shall be associated with the Superintendent of the Academy, the Instructors of Practical Military Engineering, Infantry Tactics, Artillery, and Cavalry; and these Medical and Military Officers shall constitute a Board for the purpose of examining into the physical qualifications of the members of the graduating class, and no member of that class shall be commissioned in the Army, or attached as a Supernumerary thereunto, who, in the opinion of the Board, does not possess the requisite physical ability to serve his country in the arduous and laborious station of a military officer, not only at the time of such examination, but during his life until age shall disable him.—

Signed R. E. Lee Br. Col.
Supt. Mil. Acady.

Superintendent’s Daily Correspondence
United States Military Academy

Superintendent’s Letter Book No. 3, p. 163.

Lee enclosed this document in his letter to Joseph G. Totten, this date. It is docketed “Endorsed. Respectfully forwd.”