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Lexington (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

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Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Diary, 1862-1868

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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

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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, John T. L. Preston to Stonewall Jackson, 1863-04-28

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Scope and Contents Topics include financial transactions affecting Jackson, including purchase of Confederate bonds and proceeds from sale of tannery; religious matters, particularly the upcoming General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

Letter to Samuel V. Gatewood and Eugenia S. Gatewood (Massie), 1861 April 15

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Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter describes the "flag raising incident," a confrontation between Lexington secessionists (including cadets), and pro-Union citizens.

Letter to Sarah Marlin, 1864 June 14

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Scope and Contents Letter from Sidney Marlin, a Union soldier (U. S. Army Signal Corps), to his wife Sallie [Sarah]. Dated June 14, 1864 from Lexington, Virginia, where Union forces were camped during Hunter's Raid. Marlin describes the Institute, comments on the destruction of VMI and Governor Letcher's property.