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Virginia Military Institute -- Class of 1853

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

James J. Phillips Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0497
Scope and Contents Documents. VMI Diploma (1853); VMI Society of Cadets Certificate (1853); drawing of VMI Barracks (circa 1852-1853); Confederate Army Commission (1863); Certificate, Pickett Buchanan Camp, Confederate Veterans (1890)

John R. Waddy letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0091
Scope and Contents One letter of recommendation (dated October 27, 1856) written on behalf of John R. Waddy by Superintendent Francis H. Smith. Smith recommends him for a commission in the U.S. Army.

Moncure Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0468
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous letters and other documents to and from various members of the Moncure family, who have a long association with VMI. Included is an 1849 letter from Cadet Thomas J. Moncure (VMI Class of 1853) to his father, William A. Moncure, written while he was a fourth classman ("rat") at VMI. A complete inventory is located in the folder with the documents.

Notebook, 1849-1864

 Item
Scope and Contents The notebook contains approximately 50 poems by William E. Arnold, other cadets, various 19th century poets, and anonymous authors. Cadet poetry includes The Regulations by Charles Denby (VMI Class of 1850) and The Six Plebes on Leaving for Richmond by Thomas O. Benton (VMI Class of 1850). A few poems were composed by Arnold during the Civil War. The notebook also includes miscellany such as clippings, puzzles, and riddles.

Walter W. Williams diary notebook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0136
Scope and Contents Diary-notebook, 1852-1860, kept by Walter W. Williams; ca. 100 pages. Diary entries are from VMI (1852); University of Virginia (1855-1856); Theological Seminary of Virginia (1857-1858); and Leesburg, VA (1859-1860). VMI entries include information about cadet life; many entries focus on Williams' religious beliefs. The volume also contains notes on Greek history & other academic subjects.

William E. Arnold notebook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0018
Scope and Contents This collection consists of a poetry notebook compiled by William E. Arnold during the period between 1849 and 1864. The bulk of the entries date from the years in which he was a student at VMI (1849-1853). Such notebooks were popular among VMI cadets of the mid-19th century and typically contain both original and copied verse. The Arnold notebook contains approximately 50 poems by Arnold, other cadets, various 19th century poets, and anonymous authors. Cadet poetry includes The Regulations by...

William Fitzhugh Lee document

 Item
Identifier: MS-0326-Oversized
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the United States Army Commission document of William Fitzhugh Lee, VMI Class of 1853. The document is dated August 1, 1856 and is signed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. During the Civil War Lee served as Lt. Col., 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, and was killed at Manassas in July 1861.