Edward S. Hutter Diary
The collection consists of the one volume diary of Virginia Military Institute Cadet Edward S. Hutter, covering the period January - December 1858. The earliest entries (Jan-March 19) were written while Hutter was on sick leave and contain mostly family references. Later entries mention VMI faculty members, friends, the Society of Cadets (a student debating club), room occupants, infractions noted while on Guard Duty, and other aspects of cadet life.
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Edward Sixtus Hutter was born on September 18, 1839 at the family home, Sanduskey [Sandusky], near Lynchburg, Virginia. He was the son of George Christian Hutter, a United States Army officer, and Harriet Risque. Hutter enrolled at the Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, Virginia) in 1856 and graduated in 1859, standing 5th out of 29 graduates. He subsequently read law with Judge John Brockenbrough in Lexington and then continued his legal education at the University of Virginia. While at the University (1860-1861) he was Captain of a local militia unit known as Captain E. S. Hutter's Company (Southern Guards).
When the Civil War began in the Spring of 1861, Hutter's Company served briefly at Harpers's Ferry until the unit was disbanded on May 8, 1861. Hutter was then appointed 1st Lieutenant in the Provisional Army of Virginia and went on to serve in various capacities throughout the war. Among other duties, he was an aide to General J. E. B. Stuart, served in Capt. W. H. Otey's Company of Virginia Light Artillery, and commanded the Danville Arsenal. At war's end he held the rank of Major.
After the war Hutter was in the insurance business and worked as a Civil Engineer. He married Nannie Langhorne of Lynchburg, VA on December 19, 1861. The couple had thirteen children. Hutter died at the home of one of his sons at Pittsville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on June 23, 1904. The body was returned to Lynchburg for burial.
Excerpts from VMI Diary Entries
Here I am again at this miserable place. I find myself this morning beautifully spotted with the measles & have been in bed all day eating nothing and thinking of nothing but home. I really think I am the most unfortunate fellow in existence, just the idea of being laid up again the first day of my visit to this place. I would give oceans to be at home. There is a great deal of sickness in the corps. The Hospital is crowded. I never felt as badly in my life.
For the first time in some time, I visited the Mess Hall this morning at Breakfast The fare looked no more inviting than it did of old, consisting of plain corn bread, Goshen butter, & coffee.
Did not go to delightful reveille this morning, but laid in bed & listened to the charming strains of martial music. The soul stirring drum in the hands of Dick Staples & the ear piercing fife tooled by Pete Banker.
I attended recitation today without reciting although I feel very badly I become more & more disgusted every day & want to get home.... Went in to Major Jackson & was not remarkably well entertained the hour & half that he kept us in....Gil (Professor of Chemistry William Gilham) and Chenoweth and I made a galvanic battery. All the section took shocks & I never laughed as much in my life.
- A Guide to the Edward S. Hutter Diary, 1858
- Diane B. Jacob
- © 2002 Virginia Military Institute Archives
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- 2015: reviewed
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