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Charles T. Haigh Notebook-Diary Edit


MS 0016


  • 1862 – 1864 (Creation)


  • 4 items (Whole)
    Folder 1 contains the diary notebook. In addition, a second folder contains 2 excuses submitted to the VMI Commandant for infractions committed by Cadet Haigh, and one misc. document.


  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of a one volume notebook-diary kept by Virginia Military Institute Cadet Charles T. Haigh in 1862- 1864. The volume provides insight into the life and concerns of a VMI cadet during the Civil War. It primarily contains poetry written by his classmates, as well as poetry by Sarah Henderson Smith, the wife of VMI's Superintendent, Francis H. Smith.

    The diary portion contains sparse entries for the period March-May 1863. Included are occasional references to wartime cadet life, as well as a brief account of General Stonewall Jackson's wounding, death, and funeral in May 1863. There is one brief entry written at Fayetteville, NC on March 23, 1864.


    - ex-cadet William A. Daniels


    - Hampton's Brigade


    - resignation of Cadet Smith


    - "Button mania"


    - Visit of Governor John Letcher


    - Gen. Lee's victory over Gen. Hooker


    - Gen. Stonewall Jackson wounded; Paxton and Davidson killed


    - Davidson funeral


    - Death of Gen. Jackson


    - Paxton's body interred


    - Jackson's body arrives in Lexington


    - Jackson's funeral

  • Biographical / Historical

    Charles Thomas Haigh was born March 1845 at Fayetteville, North Carolina. He attended the Hillsboro (North Carolina)Military Academy and served as a drillmaster in North Carolina at the beginning of the Civil War. He subsequently enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute, where he was a cadet from late 1861 through part of 1863.

    In October 1863 he began service in Company B, 37th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He was killed in battle at Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864, while leading a charge. His brigade commander wrote that "Lieutenant Haigh was among the foremost in the charge upon the battery, and won the admiration of all who saw him."

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    Manuscript collections in the VMI Archives are made available for educational and research use. The VMI Archives should be cited as the source. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright holders. Materials from our collections may not be redistributed, published or reproduced without permission from the VMI Archives. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.

  • Preferred Citation

    Charles Thomas Haigh Notebook-Diary, MS 0016, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Lexington, Virginia.

  • Physical Location

    Manuscripts Stacks