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Funeral of Gen. Robert E. Lee, October 1870
Cadet Guard

 Robert E. Lee photoBelow is a transcription of a request submitted by Virginia Military Institute cadets to VMI's Superintendent Francis H. Smith to serve as honor guard after death of General Robert E. Lee.

Return to William Nalle letter describing Gen. Lee's funeral.

V.M. Institute
October 14, 1870

We the undersigned cadets respectfully apply for permission to be absent from Barracks from 7 P.M. today until 8 A.M. tomorrow, as their services have been kindly accepted by the Chief Marshall at Washington College to sit up with the remains of General Robert E. Lee tonight.

Respectfully Submitted by Cadets Hamilton, Alex.; Morgan, J.H.; Hawkins, N.D. Taylor, S.M.; Taylor, Z.; Sullivan, A.R.; Nalle, Wm.; Murrell, W.H.; Harrison, N.M.; Farrar, Walton.