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James Henry Waddell papers

Identifier: MS-0130
4 items, including a letter (1855) from Cadet Waddell to his sister, that contains a detailed description and pencil drawing of his room (#14) in Barracks and of his roomates (Barksdale, Penn, Magruder, Shepherd, Wilson); a second drawing of a barracks room & roommates (similar to a sketch found in the Shepherd Collection, MS#0019); pencil map, 8 inches x 10 inches, labeled "Plan of Battle of Bethel Church, June 10, 1861." Letter of recommendation, 1879, written by VMI's Superintendent Francis H. Smith and endorsed by Board of Visitors President John Letcher.


  • 1855 - 1879


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4 items

Biographical / Historical

James Henry Waddell, b. 1833, Waynesboro, VA; VMI Class of 1855; 26th Va. Infantry, CSA; while on VMI Faculty from 1869-1870 worked as Matthew F. Maury's assistant on Physical Survey of Virginia project and drew the maps that were published as part of the survey; Civil Engineer; d. 1884, Montgomery, Alabama.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450