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Robert E. Lee

Thomas Shirly

U.S. Military Academy West Point

25 Dec. 1854

Captain

In reply to your inquiry of the 16th Inst; I have the honour to inform you that the new Light Infty. Tactics has not yet been published.—It is undergoing revision by a board of Officers at Washington City, & will probably be published during the winter. You will be able to learn what arrangements may be made for General. distribution; when established as part of the exercise of the Army; by application to the Adjt. Genl. of the Army at Washington City.

I am 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. 165. Addressed “Capt. Thomas Shirly Comp. A. Nat’l Guard Wash. Rgt. No. 1 Chicago Ill.”