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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Everitt Saunders and Susan Saunders (Bashaw), 1839 November 30

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Valentine C. Saunders collection

Identifier: MS-0071
Scope and Contents This letter from cadet Valentine C. Saunders to his parents is the oldest extant letter written by a VMI cadet. Dated November 30, 1839, shortly after the first cadets arrived in Lexington, Virginia, the letter provides a cadet's view of the newly established Institute. Saunders describes the following: Arsenal Relationship with Washington College Method of instruction Course of studies An opinion (favorable) of Superintendent Francis H....