Informs his parents that he did well on his
examinations and gives his class standing; mentions
secession of Florida and other states.
Squad drill; general news; speculates about
Describes the "flag raising incident," a
confrontation between Lexington secessionists
(including cadets) and pro-Union citizens.
Excitement among VMI cadets as Virginia decides to
secede; suspension of academic duty; cadets prepare
To his parents. Discusses examinations, Christmas
at VMI; the secession of South Carolina.