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Virginia Military Institute -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 72 Collections and/or Records:

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....

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

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1372

Letter to Fanny P. Brown, 1848 September 7

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Scope and Contents Letter expresses Brown's dissatisfaction with Washington College and a desire to transfer to another school.

Letter to Fanny P. Brown, 1846 September 20

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Scope and Contents Letter mentions the Cincinnati military class, in which Washington College students participated in military training conducted by VMI staff.

Letter to Fanny P. Brown, 1846 September 20

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/2408

Letter to Fanny P. Brown, 1848 September 7

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/2412

Letter to John Mitchell, 1842 November 24

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Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Letter regards the hardships of cadet life, the dullness of Lexington, VMI's 3rd anniversary (Founders Day) celebration, and a storm damaging the north wall of Barracks. Letter also mentions Edward C. Carrington, Class of 1844.

Letter to John Mitchell, 1842 November 24

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Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/3357

Letter to John W. C. Watson, 1868 September 17

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Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Edward M. Watson describes in detail the typical daily new cadet routine at VMI during the post-Civil War years. Topics include reveille, roll call, inspections, meals, study and recitation, drill and parade. The letter contains one of the earliest documented examples of term "rat" as a reference to a new cadet.

Letter to John W. C. Watson, 1868 September 17

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Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1564