Jacob J. Fort Esqr
N. Y. U. S. Mil Acady
West Point 29 Mar >53
The Surgeon has this inst reported to me that your son Cadet J. L. Fort has had a serious attack of hemorrhage of the lungs, which though not alarming as to any immediate consequences, leads him to fear, may result in pulmonary disease. He was taken into the Hospital last Saturday, 24th, where he still remains & receives every attention that his case requires, that is in our power to afford; & is as comfortable as can be expected from the nature of his attack.
As this, though not the first, is the most serious attack of the kind he has had; I have thought it right to advise you of the fact & to apprize you of the apprehensions of the Surgeon; that you may take the course best calculated in your judgment, for his present relief & future benefit. I shall have every attention paid to him in my power & you need not (page 2) therefore be uneasy as to his present comfort
I remain very respy your obtservt
R E Lee BtCol
Note:Cadet Fort died in the West Point Hospital on 15 June 1853