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Virginia Military Institute -- Academics -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 46 Collections and/or Records:

Edward M. Watson letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0011
Scope and Contents The collection consists of one letter (September 17, 1868) written by Edward M. Watson to his father. Watson describes in detail the typical daily new cadet routine at VMI during the post-Civil War years. Topics include reveille, roll call, inspections, meals, study and recitation, drill and parade. The letter contains one of the earliest documented examples of term "rat" as a reference to a new cadet.

French exercise fragment, October 24

 Item
Scope and Contents French exercise submitted to Lieutenant Miller.

Geometry exercise, 1863 February 24

 Item
Scope and Contents Geometry class exercise submitted to Lieutenant T. B. Robinson.

Historical Grade Books

 Series
Identifier: RG-12-Grade books-historical
Scope and Contents The collection consists of 19th and early 20th century grades and academic marking records. The grading system during this period was numerical/point based.

Historical theses and student papers

 Series
Identifier: RG-03-Theses-Historical
Scope and Contents This collection contains two types of papers. First, theses submitted for a graduate or professional degree as described in the Biographical/Historical note. Second, cadet papers submitted to professors in various disciplines. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1890's - 1930's.

James Henry Reid Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0222
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the Civil War correspondence (18 items) of James Henry Reid. Included are 13 letters from Reid to his parents written while he was a fourth classman at the Virginia Military Institute, August - November 1862. This correspondence contains many references to wartime cadet life, including use of the term "rat" as a name for new cadets, hazing, uniforms, food, guard duty and other aspects of life ...

John Cocke Cadet Notebook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0469
Scope and Contents Student notebook owned by VMI Cadet John T. B. Cocke, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1890. The volume contains copied poetry, civil engineering class notes, and list of roommate in Room 18 of Barracks, 1889-1890.

John L. Cochran papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0025
Scope and Contents The John L. Cochran Papers consist of a report card (1879) from the secondary school Cochran attended before entering the Virginia Military Institute; one letter (September 4, 1880) from VMI Cadet Cochran to his mother; a diary, with sketches (1881), containing short and sporadic entries made while he was a student at the Virginia Military Institute and concerning various aspects of cadet life; and four volumes of class notes (1882-1885) taken while Cochran was a student at Swarthmore College...

John S. Bagnall papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0219
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers, 7 items, of John S. Bagnall, who fought at the Battle of New Market. Included are two letters (1921) from Eliza Clinedinst Crim, the New Market resident who came to the assistance of wounded cadets after the Battle of New Market; the letter of April 20 mentions Cadet Moses Ezekiel caring for the mortally wounded Cadet Thomas Jefferson. Also includes a VMI grade report (1862); two receipts for payment of tuition and diploma; and an envelope containing 2 of Bagnall's...