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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 72 Collections and/or Records:

James W. Breedlove papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0168
Scope and Contents Papers, 8 items, of James W. Breedlove. Includes two letters (October 13, 1859; March 11, 1861) from Cadet Breedlove to his grandfather in which he discusses his studies, expenses; two letters from Superintendent Francis H. Smith to Cadet Breedlove's grandfather, acknowledging receipt of money; three VMI quarterly grade reports; one account sheet detailing VMI expenses.

John B. Strange letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0153
Scope and Contents Strange's letter to his sister Anne M. Strange was written just a few months after the Institute's opening day, and is one of the oldest personal cadet letters still in existence. Strange mentions several aspects of cadet life that were common during the pre-Civil War era, including that final examinations were given orally rather than as written tests, presided over by faculty and the VMI Board of Visitors and open to the public; summer furlough was not automatic, and many cadets stayed at the...

John K. Gilliat and Company documents

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0306
Scope and Contents The collection contains two Gilliat-related documents--one letter from John L. Gilliat to Lewis D. Crenshaw (dated Bank of England, Feb. 7, 1884), discussing status of VMI's debt to the company; and one bank draft (Canadian Bank of Commerce), payable to John K. Gilliat & Co., Feb. 23, 1876.

John Sims Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0475
Scope and Contents The papers consist of 14 letters written by VMI Cadet John Sims (Class of 1871), to members of his family. Dated 1868-1871, the correspondence provides rich details of cadet life during that era, as well as containing personal news. Sims mentions many leisure activities --a traveling theater troupe, baseball vs. Washington and Lee University Lee, debating societies, ice skating--as well commenting on academic life and routine events. The letter dated October 17, 1870 mentions viewing the body...

John T. L. Preston and Francis H. Smith correspondence

 File
Identifier: RG-01-Correspondence-Preston - Smith
Scope and Contents Correspondence between Francis H. Smith, who became VMI's first Superintendent, and John T. L. Preston relating to the organization and opening of VMI. Includes four letters from Preston to Smith and one letter from Smith to Preston, in which he accepts the job offered by the Board of Visitors to serve as Superintendent (originally called Principal Professor). One related letter is from Francis H. Smith to William Atkinson or Atkison, in which Smith asks for advice about VMI's job offer.

Joseph H. Chenoweth papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0107
Scope and Contents This collection consists of letters (dated 1855 to 1861) written by Joseph H. Chenoweth to his parents Lemuel Chenoweth and Nancy A. Hart. Letters dating from his cadetship cover topics such as exams, trips, and demerits, and provide a good portrait of pre-Civil War cadet life.Letters dated from 1860 to 1861 were written while Chenoweth was a Professor at Maryland Agricultural College and at VMI. Topics include the election of 1860, John T. L. Preston, and religion.This...

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

 Item
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 John T. L. Preston, 1839 July 1

 Digital Image
Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1442

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

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

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1431