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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

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Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 72 Collections and/or Records:

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

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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 June 8

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Scope and Contents Written from Lexington, Virginia. John T. L. Preston informs Francis H. Smith that he has been elected Principal Professor of VMI (the title will later be changed to Superintendent). Preston provides information about salary and other details concerning the opening of the school.

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

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

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 August 20

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Scope and Contents Written from Lexington, Virginia. John T. L. Preston discusses opening of VMI and details regarding Francis H. Smith's move to Lexington, Virginia.

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

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1448

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 August 20

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1445

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 June 8

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1438

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

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1434

Letter, John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1889 July 4

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Scope and Contents Poignant letter from Preston to Smith, written on the occasion of VMI's Semicentennial celebration, in which he reminiscences about Smith's role in the founding and growth of the Virginia Military Institute.

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

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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....