Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

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

16 January 1855


In my letter of the 9th Inst. forwarding the names of certain Cadets found deficient & recommended to the Secy. of War for discharge—the place of residence of Cadet Zabriskie, was put down as “Flatbush, Kings Co. N.Y.”—This was taken from the descriptive list in Cadet Z’s own writing—he was however appointed from California & gave his father’s place of residence as “Sacramento City, Cal.”

Par: 169 Acad. Regulations, contains the following words “The place from which a Cadet is appointed, is to be considered as his place of residence, and shall not be altered unless directions to that effect be given by the War Department.”

The object of this letter is that should Cadet Zabriskie, be discharged—his place of residence, and the distance from West Point be furnished me.

I have the honour to be Very respectfully 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. 175. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief of Engineers Washington City D.C.”