John Sims Papers
The papers consist of 14 letters written by VMI Cadet John Sims (Class of 1871), to members of his family. Dated 1868-1871, the correspondence provides rich details of cadet life during that era, as well as containing personal news. Sims mentions many leisure activities --a traveling theater troupe, baseball vs. Washington and Lee University Lee, debating societies, ice skating--as well commenting on academic life and routine events. The letter dated October 17, 1870 mentions viewing the body of and preparations for the funeral of Gen. Robert E. Lee. In addition, the papers include a quarterly grade report and other miscellaneous documents.
- 1868 - 1871
- Sims, John, 1843-1889 (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
John Sims was born in Halifax County, Virginia in 1850. After graduating from VMI he returned to Maxwelton, Halifax Co. and was a farmer there until his death in 1909.
- Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
- Virginia Military Institute -- Cadet life -- 1860-1869
- Virginia Military Institute -- Cadet life -- 1870-1879
- Virginia Military Institute -- Class of 1871
- Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century
- Washington and Lee University -- History