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William Nalle letter

Identifier: MS-0042
This collection consists of one letter (dated October 16, 1870) from cadet William Nalle to his mother, Mrs. Thomas Botts Nalle. The letter contains a detailed account of the death and funeral of General Robert E. Lee. Nalle describes mourning activities at VMI, Washington College, and Lexington, standing guard over Lee's body with four other cadets, and the funeral procession. The letter also mentions a flood in Rockbridge County, Virginia that destroyed canal locks, bridges, and other property.


  • 1870


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Biographical / Historical

William Nalle was born circa 1848 in Culpeper, Virginia. He graduated from VMI in 1872, and went on to be a civil engineer and farmer. During the Spanish-American War, he served as the Adjutant General of Virginia, Colonel, 4th Virginia Infantry. Nalle served on the VMI Board of Visitors from 1898 to 1906. He died on July 30, 1911 in Culpeper, Virginia.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450