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Virginia Military Institute -- Class of 1872

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

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

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 Mrs. Thomas Botts Nalle, 1870 October 16

Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. The letter contains a detailed account of the death and funeral of General Robert E. Lee. Nalle describes mourning activities at VMI, Washington College, and Lexington, standing guard over Lee's body with four other cadets, and the funeral procession. The letter also mentions a flood in Rockbridge County, Virginia that destroyed canal locks, bridges, and other property.