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John P. Bowyer letter of recommendation

 Item
Identifier: MS-0162
Scope and Contents One letter (September 18, 1847) from VMI Superintendent Francis H. Smith to Gen. E. C. Carrington, recommending an army commission for John P. Bowyer. Bowyer had volunteered for service in the Mexican War, in which he subsequently served.

John W. Steenbergen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0471
Scope and Contents The papers consist of four items dating from his cadetship: A one volume notebook containing copied poetry and miscellaneous notes; two essays; and his VMI account book documenting school expenses, 1846-1849.

Moncure Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0468
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous letters and other documents to and from various members of the Moncure family, who have a long association with VMI. Included is an 1849 letter from Cadet Thomas J. Moncure (VMI Class of 1853) to his father, William A. Moncure, written while he was a fourth classman ("rat") at VMI. A complete inventory is located in the folder with the documents.

Nathaniel H. Campbell letter

 Item
Identifier: MS-0194
Scope and Contents One letter (1841 May 27) from VMI Cadet Nathaniel H. Campbell to Congressman William L. Goggin. Campbell requests Goggin's assistance in obtaining a position in the army.

Philip A. Fitzhugh papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0067
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers, bulk dating from cadetship. Include six letters from Fitzhugh to his brother containing references to cadet life (graduation; hazing "plebes"; death of Henry C. Reid, Class of 1846; Washington College students, called "minks"); handwritten issue of a cadet newspaper called "The Royal Caroline", dated March 21, 1846; VMI letter of appointment and two grades reports; invitation to Society of Cadets meeting; medical school speech; letter to Fitzhugh from Henry T. Lee...

Philip C. Gibbs notebook

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Identifier: MS-0106
Scope and Contents Notebook (ca. 145 pages) reflecting cadet life 1848-1851. Includes accounts of Corps trips to Richmond, Petersburg, Norfolk and Rockbridge Alum Springs; cadet poetry and essays; poetry by Sara Henderson Smith; addresses delivered before the Cadet Dialectic Society (a literary and debating society); discussion of exams (1851) in English and Natural Philosophy; an account of "An Oyster Supper---A Frolic After Taps", and an account of "our last bible recitation" in which Gibbs describes the last...

Robert Gatewood notebook and diary

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Identifier: MS-0300
Scope and Contents Manuscript notebook-diary (1849-1853) of Robert Gatewood. Entries include original and copies poetry dating from his last year at VMI; essays; diary entries dating from period 1851-1853, written while Gatewood was teaching at the College of William and Mary. Diary entries and notes frequently have a religious theme.

Simeon Gibbons notebook

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Identifier: MS-0046
Scope and Contents One volume commonplace book which belonged to Virginia Military Institute Cadet Simeon B. Gibbons, containing notes, poetry, lists and miscellaneous. other writing.

William E. Arnold notebook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0018
Scope and Contents The collection consists of a poetry notebook compiled by William Elisha Arnold during the period 1849-1864; the bulk of the entries date from the years in which he was a student at the Virginia Military Institute, 1849-1853. Such notebooks were popular among VMI cadets of the mid-19th century and typically contain both original and copied verse. The Arnold notebook contains approximately 50 poems by Arnold, other cadets, various 19th century poets, and anonymous authors. Cadet poetry includes...

William J. Green letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0155
Scope and Contents One letter (September 10, 1843) from Cadet Green to his father. Green describes, in detail, the Corps' march to Rockbridge Alum, Warm, Hot, and White Sulphur Springs.