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Charles T. Haigh papers

Identifier: MS-0016
This collection consists of a one volume diary and notebook kept by VMI cadet Charles T. Haigh between 1862 and 1864. The volume provides insight into the life and concerns of a VMI cadet during the Civil War. It primarily contains poetry written by his classmates, as well as poetry by Sara Henderson Smith, the wife of VMI Superintendent, Francis H. Smith. The diary portion contains sparse entries for the period between March and May 1863. Included are occasional references to wartime cadet life, as well as a brief account of General Stonewall Jackson's wounding, death, and funeral in May 1863. There is one brief entry written at Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 23, 1864.

The collection also contains two excuses submitted to the VMI Commandant for infractions committed by Haigh and one miscellaneous document.


  • 1862-1864


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4 items (Folder 1 contains the diary notebook. In addition, a second folder contains 2 excuses submitted to the VMI Commandant for infractions committed by Cadet Haigh, and one misc. document.)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Thomas Haigh was born March 1845 at Fayetteville, North Carolina. He attended the Hillsboro (North Carolina)Military Academy and served as a drillmaster in North Carolina at the beginning of the Civil War. He subsequently enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute, where he was a cadet from late 1861 through part of 1863.

In October 1863 he began service in Company B, 37th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He was killed in battle at Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864, while leading a charge. His brigade commander wrote that "Lieutenant Haigh was among the foremost in the charge upon the battery, and won the admiration of all who saw him."

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks
A Guide to the Charles T. Haigh papers, 1862-1864
Diane B. Jacob
© 2001 By VirginiaMilitary Institute

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450