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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Abram Fulkerson Cadet Letters, 1853-1854

Scope and Contents Two letters written while a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute; to his mother and sister. Also one letter fragment from same period. Letter of April 14, 1854 mentions trial of Charles Christian for murder of Cadet Thomas Blackburn.

Academic Departments, Annual Reports, 19th century, 1843-1848; 1865-1899

Scope and Contents A chronological file, 1843-1848; 1865-1899, containing examples of academic department annual reports from the 19th century. These reports from the various academic departments were submitted to the Superintendent and help to document the early academic history of the Institute. This file includes early reports by John T. L. Preston (Languages), and Thomas H. Williamson (Engineering), as well as reports by other early faculty members. The series has many gaps; for example, none from the...

Cives Letters to the Lexington Gazette , 1835 (1889 reprint)

Scope and Contents Reprint in pamphlet form of letters written by John T. L. Preston to the Lexington (VA) Gazette in 1835, discussing the desirability of turning the local arsenal into a military college. Preston wrote them under the pen name "Cives" and these are often referred to as the Cives letters. This pamphlet was issued in 1889 to mark VMI's semicentennial

Financial Claims Against Cadets, 19th century, 1871-1873

Scope and Contents 19th century legal documents. Records of VMI attorneys Letcher, Maury and Letcher relating to collection of cadet debts after Civil War, 1871-1873

Historical Sketch of the Establishment and Organization of the Virginia Military Institute, 1889 July 4

Scope and Contents Typescript sketch written by John T. L. Preston. It was prepared at the request of the VMI Board of Visitors to mark Institute's Semi-Centennial celebration. Preston had planned to deliver this as an address, but he was not able to do so and it was read by his son Rev. Dr. T. L. Preston.Includes details about events leading to the establishment of VMI, including debates in the local Franklin Society and letters to the local newspaper written by Preston under the penname "Cives" in...

Letter from Francis H. Smith to John T. L. Preston, 1839 July 1

Scope and Contents Written from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. Francis H. Smith accepts the appointment as Principal Professor (Superintendent) at VMI. The letter informs John T. L. Preston that his duties at Hampden-Sidney College will end on September 25, discusses the opening of VMI, salary, and other related issues.

Letter from Francis H. Smith to William Atkinson (Atkison), 1839 May 6

Scope and Contents Written from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. In the letter, Francis H. Smith asks for advice about whether to take job at the new Virginia Military Institute.

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 April 29

Scope and Contents Written from Lexington, Virginia. John T.L. Preston inquires about whether Francis H. Smith is interested in having his name submitted to be head of the soon to be opened Virginia Military Institute, and provides information about the vision for the new school.

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 May 17

Scope and Contents Written from Lexington, Virginia. In the letter, John T. L. Preston provides details about the proposed organization and operation of VMI.