Robert E. Lee

Zebediah Gay

U.S. Mil. Acady. West Point

22 Feby. 1855


I am very sorry to inform you that your son, Cadet E. Gay, while recg. instruction in Cavalry Exercise on the 20th, came in contact with the horse of another Cadet, whose shoulder struck his leg about mid-way between the knee & ankle, & caused the fracture of the shin & lesser bone. I am happy to state, however that he is comfortable & cheerful; & in the opinion of his attending surgeon is doing well; & that nothing now exists to cause the least anxiety as to his perfect recovery. He is in the Hospital & will receive every attention his case admits of.

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. 187–88. Addressed “Zeba. Gay Esq. Nashville, Hillsb. Co. New Hampshire.”