Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Generals R. E. Lee” in chapter 41 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8.:

...this city; but I regret to say that all of those applications failed to elicit any attention to the great importance of this invention to our country at this time. And finally, at the suggestion of Generals R. E. Lee and G. T. Beauregard, I referred the subject of my invention to the Engineer Bureau of the War Department, where it remained many weeks without investigation, and was withdrawn a few days since. An...

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