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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Alfred Gibbons letter, 1863 December 22

Scope and Contents Letter from Cadet Alfred R. Gibbons to his father, dated December 22, 1863. Discusses Corps being called out on a march in response to Union Army troop movements; misc. aspects of cadet life.

Board of Visitors petition to the Congress of the Confederate States, 1863-09-03

Scope and Contents

Petition from the VMI Board of Visitors requesting the Congress to allow cadets who turned eighteen while enrolled at VMI to complete their studies and thus be exempt from conscription law.

Excerpt: "It is proer t state that the Board of Visitors are careful to guard as far as possible against the admission of any whose aim is only to escape from Military Service in the field."

Confederate Bonds Purchased by VMI, 1863

 File — Folder Confederate Bonds: [aspace.2550.Folder.Confederate Bonds]
Scope and Contents Confederate bond documents. These bonds were purchased by VMI in 1863

Diary, 1862-1868

Scope and Contents John F. Hanna's diary contains a colorful account of life at VMI and in Lexington, Virginia during the Spring of 1864. Entries begin April 17, 1864 and end May 9, 1864.

The diary was used by Septimus Knight of 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry from August 1862 (apparently copied from an earlier diary or notes) through June 1868. Most entries relate the movements and activities of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

Diary and notebook, 1862-1864

Scope and Contents The diary and notebook provides insight into the life and concerns of a VMI cadet during the Civil War. It primarily contains poetry written by his classmates, as well as poetry by Sara Henderson Smith, the wife of VMI Superintendent, Francis H. Smith. The diary portion contains sparse entries for the period between March and May 1863. Included are occasional references to wartime cadet life, as well as a brief account of General Stonewall Jackson's wounding, death, and funeral in May 1863....

Letter from Francis H. Smith to Samuel B. Atwill, 1864 July 28-29

Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lextingon, Virginia. Superintendent Francis H. Smith wrote this letter to notify the Atwill family of Samuel F. Atwill's death.

Letter of appointment to VMI for Samuel J. F. Tebbs, 1862 January 1

Scope and Contents Letter appointing Samuel S. F. Tebbs as a cadet at VMI. He was a member of the Class of 1865.

Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1863 August 28

Scope and Contents Letter written from "Camp Jackson." Letter regards a trip to Staunton, Virginia, the Corps of Cadets leaving VMI to reinforce Stonewall Jackson, and family matters.

Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 May 12

Scope and Contents Written from Staunton, Virginia. Letter regards orders from General Breckenridge to march to Staunton, news of the Civil War, and life at camp.

Letter to Ellen B. Stanard (Taliaferro), 1864 April 24

Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards finances, potential for battle, and a request to resign and join the Army.