William T. Yarbrough Civil War letters
The collection consists of five letters documenting Civil War cadet life (October 1863-May 1864), written by Cadet William T. Yarbrough, VMI Class of 1867. Yarbrough was a member of the New Market Corps who did not take part in the battle due to ill health (he was left at VMI with the guard detail). The letters, addressed to his parents, include references to academics, uniforms, flirting with local girls, and family concerns. The letter dated May 18, 1864 briefly mentions the fact that the Corps had engaged in Battle at New Market, but does not contain substantive information about the battle.
- 1863 - 1864
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Biographical / Historical
After leaving VMI Yarbrough was in the tobacco business in Richmond, Virginia. He died in 1895 and is buried in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond.