Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

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

9 Jany. 1855


I have the honour to transmit the report of the Progress, aptitude &c. of the Cadets of the
Fourth & Fifth classes, who at the present semi-annual examinations have been declared deficient in their studies by the Academic Board, & recommended to the Secy. of War for discharge.—

The regn. of the Dept. of 2 July 1852, requires these Cadets to be retained at the Acady., until the report of the Board shall have been approved by the Secy. of War. I have therefore thought it advisable to forward the report in their case, in anticipation of the General. report of the Examination; that I may receive the action of the Secy. as soon as possible.—The 4th & 5th Classes having completed their Examinations, resume their studies tomorrow. These young gentlemen have been assigned to sections, & Instructors provided, but I fear they will not apply themselves to their duties, or be of any benefit to the rest of the Corps. I will be as much a relief to them as to the Acady. to have their cases decided at once.

I remain with great respect Your Obt. 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. 170. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief of Engineers Washington City D.C.”