Fairview Academy.

                                                                          Near Sharpsburg P. O.

                                                                                    Bath County Kentucky

                                                                                                April 12th 1866.

Gen R. E. Lee

            President Washington College

                        Lexington Va-


                                    My Dear Sir.

                                                                        I have in my school a young Kentuckian, of excellent moral and superior mental acquirements anxious to become a Student of Washington College -  Unacquainted with the Course of Study and price of Board Tuition  etc – I have presumed to trespass upon your valuable time for the purpose of gaining such information as you are pleased to communicate -  My pupil will I think be sufficiently advanced by Sept. to enter the Sophomore Class and desires embracing the full course -  It was my pleasure to meet you in Richmond in Mr. Davis’ presence while under Orders from Dept of Western Ky in Sept 1864.  a meeting perhaps forgotten by yourself but one that will be ever remembered by myself with pride as giving me a sight of two men worthy of the esteem admiration and confidence of our Southern land – I surrendered in Command of my Regt at Meridian Miss May 9th    Since which time have been in Ky – With assurances of esteem I remain


                                                            Your Obdt Servant

                                                                        S. P. Cunningham

                                                                                    Sharpsburg. Ky-

N.B.  There are many Kentucky youths anxious to attend Washington College and if you can send me a few Catalogues I shall take much pleasure in using my leisure time in extending any information you may be pleased to communicate

                                                                        S. P. C.


Notation on reverse in General Lee’s handwriting:


            12 Apl

S. P. Cunningham



Ansd: 23 Apl