Robert E. Lee

Joseph G. Totten

U.S. Mil: Acady. West Point N.Y.

15 March 1855


I transmit through you my acceptance of the appointment of Lt: Col. of the 2nd Regt. of Cavalry, in order that you may make such arrangements as may be best, before its final consummation by the War Department, for my relief from the Superintendancy of the Mil. Acady.

In thus severing my connection with the Corps of Engineers, I cannot express the pain I feel at parting from its Officers, or my grateful sense of your constant kindness & consideration. My best exertions have been devoted to its service, & my warmest feelings will be cherished for its memory.

I remain 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. 192. Addressed “Genl: Jos: G. Totten Chief Engineer Washington City D.C.”