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Letter to John W. C. Watson, 1868 September 17

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Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1564
Letter to John W. C. Watson, 1868 September 17
Letter to John W. C. Watson, 1868 September 17

Dates

  • 1868 September 17

Creator

Summary

Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Edward M. Watson describes in detail the typical daily new cadet routine at VMI during the post-Civil War years. Topics include reveille, roll call, inspections, meals, study and recitation, drill and parade. The letter contains one of the earliest documented examples of term "rat" as a reference to a new cadet.