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Giles Gunn papers

Identifier: MS-0292
The papers consist of five letters (1848-1854) written by Giles Gunn, a native of Connecticut, while he was a schoolteacher in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. The letters, addressed primarily to his sister Mary (living at the Gunn home in Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut), include discussions of interesting local events as well as references to family. Topics include commencement at VMI, a detailed description of his school and his methods of instruction, a description of the communion service at a local church, including references to black communicants, references to the townspeople's reaction to a rumored slave insurrection, and a discussion of the murder of VMI cadet Thomas Blackburn.


  • 1848-1854


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Biographical / Historical

Giles Gunn was born in Connecticut on December 19, 1825, most likely at Washington, Litchfield County. He was the son of John Northrup Gunn, Jr. (1798-1883) and Lora Smith (1800-1841), who were married on June 16, 1819. By 1848, Giles Gunn was working as a teacher in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia, where he married Virginia W. Morrison of Rockbridge County on December 19, 1859. Virginia, the daughter of William and Mary Morrison, was twenty-four years old at the time of her marriage. Birth records indicate that the couple had several children, all born in Rockbridge: Lora (b. 1860), Johnella (b. 1871), Effa or Effie (b. 1875), Fred (b. 187?). This listing of children may not be complete. Giles Gunn died on November 24, 1892. No other biographical information was available at the time the collection was processed.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Acquisition Information

The Giles Gunn papers were donated to the Virginia Military Institute in 1933 by Mary Maigret, Gunn's niece.

A Guide to the Giles Gunn Papers, 1848-1854
Diane B. Jacob
© 2002 Virginia Military Institute Archives
Language of description
Description is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450