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Edward C. Shepherd collection

Identifier: MS-0019
This collection contains three notebooks, two miscellaneous documents, and an annotated analytical geometry text that belonged to VMI cadet Edward C. Shepherd during his years as a VMI student (1851-1855).

The first notebook contains approximately 50 pen and ink, hand-tinted drawings by Shepherd that were completed as assignments for VMI courses. Some drawings bear the signature of Superintendent Francis H. Smith (" Examined correct, F.H. Smith"). This notebook also includes a pencil sketch of VMI barracks room number 14 and depicts roommates playing cards. The second notebook includes VMI class notes for mathematics. It also includes poetry, roommate lists, and other various notes. The third notebook is a VMI cadet account book listing school expenses between 1851 and 1855.

Miscellaneous documents consist of a letter of appointment to VMI (1851) and a guard report (1853).


  • 1851-1855


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

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.


6 items (1 box)

Biographical / Historical

Edward Clarence Shepherd was born July 24, 1835 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He matriculated at VMI on August 4, 1851 and graduated July 4, 1855. After completing his education Shepherd became a teacher.

Shepherd enlisted in the Civil War on October 22, 1861 in Centreville, Virginia as a Private, Company B, 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment. He married Amelia Adelaid Shock of Baltimore, Maryland on August 17, 1870 and they had four children: Anna Isabelle (1871-1877), Edward Clarence, Jr. (b. 1876), Clinton Webb (b. 1880), and George Randolph (1883-1903). He continued his career as an educator and was Professor of Math at Frederick College, Maryland. Shepherd died on August 19, 1907 in Frederick, Maryland.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks


A photograph of Shepherd as a cadet can be viewed online

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450