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Samuel Downing papers

Identifier: MS-0167
The papers consist of 3 items. One letter (November 17, 1859) from Cadet Downing to his father, in which he describes in detail the cadets' trip to Norfolk, VA, including an interesting account of an uncomfortable canal boat journey; one list of demerits (April-June 1860); one quarterly grade report (July 1860)


  • 1859 - 1860


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3 items

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Downing, Jr. was born circa 1842 in Lancaster, Virginia, the son of Samuel Downing, a lawyer, and Catherine E. Payne. He entered VMI as a third classman (sophomore) in August 1859 and graduated in December 1861. Downing joined the Confederate Army, serving throughout the war with the 55th Virginia Infantry Regiment. After the war he was for a short time a teacher in Virginia, but subsequently moved to Baltimore, MD where he was engaged in the tobacco business. He married Miss Betts of Northumberland County, Virginia, in 1865; they had one son, who died in infancy. Downing died in Baltimore on March 11, 1885 and is buried in London Park Cemetery.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450