Virginia Military Institute
HomeDigital Collections

John L. Cochran papers Edit


MS 0025


  • 1879 – 1885 (Creation)


  • 7 items (Whole)


  • Scope and Contents

    The John L. Cochran Papers consist of a report card (1879) from the secondary school Cochran attended before entering the Virginia Military Institute; one letter (September 4, 1880) from VMI Cadet Cochran to his mother; a diary, with sketches (1881), containing short and sporadic entries made while he was a student at the Virginia Military Institute and concerning various aspects of cadet life; and four volumes of class notes (1882-1885) taken while Cochran was a student at Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia, with some examples of poetry and sketches interspersed.

  • Biographical / Historical

    John Lynn Cochran was born at "Folly Farm" in Augusta County, Virginia on November 9, 1863. His parents were James C. Cochran and Elizabeth Brooke. He attended the Virginia Military Institute during the period 1879-1881, and subsequently attended Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania), from which he graduated in 1883. In the fall of 1883 he enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he became ill with typhoid fever. Cochran never regained his health and he died at "Folly Farm" on January 22, 1887.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions

  • Conditions Governing Use

    There are no known restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. The VMI Archives must be cited as the source of the content in publication. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.

  • Preferred Citation

    John L. Cochran Papers. Manuscript 0025. Virginia Military Institute Archives.

  • Physical Location

    Manuscripts Stacks.


  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator