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Virginia Military Institute -- Class of 1856

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Barton family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0020
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the miscellaneous papers of three members of the Barton family who attended VMI during the mid-19th century. Papers relating to Cadet Charles M. Barton (VMI Class of 1856) include a letter dated September 28, 1855 from Charles to his cousin Joseph M. Barton, in which he complains about VMI life and about his instructor Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (Jackson is described as a "hell of a fool"). Other Charles Barton material is found in a notebook (ca. 250 pages)...

Charles M. Barton papers, 1855-1870

 Series
Scope and Contents Includes one letter dated September 28, 1855 from Charles M. Barton to his cousin Joseph M. Barton, in which he complains about VMI life and about his instructor Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (Jackson is described as a "hell of a fool"). Also included is a notebook (ca. 250 pages) containing poetry copied by Cadet Barton, including "The Faculty of the VMI" which describes Francis H. Smith, John T.L. Preston and other early faculty members; class notes from lectures given by Francis...

Francis M. Boykin Civil War papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0232
Scope and Contents The collection consists of eight Civil War papers, including two commission documents, extracts from orders, a letter from Governor John Letcher ordering Francis M. Boykin to proceed to Grafton, West Virginia and communicate with Colonel Thomas J. Jackson (Stonewall), and one letter bearing the signature of General Robert E. Lee.

Francis S. Johnson letter of recommendation

 Item
Identifier: MS-0216
Scope and Contents One letter from Thomas B. Robinson (VMI Class of 1856 and faculty member) recommending Cadet Francis S. Johnson for service in the Confederate Army. The letter is dated March 20, 1865.

Francis W. Smith letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0096
Scope and Contents This collection consists of 12 letters (dated 1859 to 1860) from Francis W. Smith and others to artist Alexander Galt. The letters concern Smith family portraits and a bust of Philip St. George Cocke, a member of the VMI Board of Visitors.

George M. Edgar letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0094
Scope and Contents This collection consists of two letters. The first letter (dated May 17, 1864) is to George M. Edgar and commends him for the assistance rendered by his battalion at the Battle of New Market on May 15 of that year. The commendation was written at the direction of General Wharton. The second letter (dated 1885) is from Edgar and was written while he was President of the Arkansas Industrial University. In this letter, Edgar replies to James E. Blankenship's (VMI Class of 1852) application for a...

George P. C. Rumbough commencement speech manuscript

 Item
Identifier: MS-0249
Scope and Contents Manuscript, 10 pages, of the commencement speech delivered by VMI Cadet George Rumbough on July 4, 1856.