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.