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Oliver M. Rutledge papers

Identifier: MS-0009
The Oliver M. Rutledge papers consist primarily of incoming and outgoing correspondence of VMI cadet Oliver M. Rutledge for the period 1879-1882. Included are letters received at from parents, siblings and friends. A few letters written by Rutledge contain references to cadet life in the 1880's. The letter of May 14, 1882 to his mother describes the mineral springs resort at Dagger's Springs, Virginia. Additional miscellaneous items include an 1882 VMI graduation invitation and a poem dedicated to the Class of 1882.


  • 1879-1882


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75 items (approximately 75 items)

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Middleton Rutledge, the son of Benjamin Huger Rutledge and Eleanor Middleton, was born in Columbia, South Carolina on September 1, 1862. He graduated from VMI in 1882, standing 17th out of 59 graduates. After completing his education he was a planter and lumber businessman in Fletcher, North Carolina. Rutledge married Helen Bagley Blake of Charleston, South Carolina on October 5, 1892. The couple had 5 children: Helen, Frances, Oliver, Elise, and Dorothy. He died on May 17, 1928 in Fletcher.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks
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© 2002 Virginia Military Institute

Revision Statements

  • 2004: finding aid revisiion description not supplied

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450