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William B. Cochran papers

Identifier: MS-0512-Oversized
Personal papers of Brigadier General William Burr Cochran, VMI Class of 1888. Includes corrspondence; photographs; unpublished biographical essay "Reminiscences of Camp Life During the World War", misc. other items (e.g. instructions for "final German Figures", a formal VMI dance).


  • Majority of material found within 1888-1931,


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1 boxes (1 letter sized manuscript box, plus ovesized items)

Biographical / Historical

William Burr Cochran was born at Middleburg, Virginia on July 9, 1868, the son of John Henry Cochran and Charlotte Carr. He graduated from the Virignia Military Institute in 1888, enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1892 and subsequently received a commission. He served in the Spanish American War; during World War I he remained stateside to train troops. He retired in 1922 and was appointed Brigadier General (retired list) effective June 21, 1930.

Cochran married Mathilde "Tillie" Kessler of Helena, Montana in 1904. They had three children.

General Cochran died in an automobile accident near Salisbury, Maryland on July 2, 1931. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks; and Oversized case 2

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450