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Virginia Military Institute -- Slang

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Edmund Berkeley letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0154
Scope and Contents One letter from Edmund Berkeley to his mother, Mary Lawson Berkeley (Williams). Edmund Berkeley has been informed of his sister's death and offers consolation to his mother. He also gives VMI news and complains about the food (early reference to "growley" a VMI slang word used for mess hall food).

Edward M. Watson letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0011
Scope and Contents The collection consists of one letter (September 17, 1868) written by Edward M. Watson to his father. 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.

James Henry Reid Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0222
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the Civil War correspondence (18 items) of James Henry Reid. Included are 13 letters from Reid to his parents written while he was a fourth classman at the Virginia Military Institute, August - November 1862. This correspondence contains many references to wartime cadet life, including use of the term "rat" as a name for new cadets, hazing, uniforms, food, guard duty and other aspects of life ...

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

 Item
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

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

Letter to Mary Lawson Berkeley (Williams), 1863 November 26

 Item
Scope and Contents Written from VMI, Lexington, Virginia. Edmund Berkeley has been informed of his sister's death and offers consolation to his mother. He also gives VMI news and complains about the food (early reference to "growley" a VMI slang word used for mess hall food).

Letter to Mary Lawson Berkeley (Williams), 1863 November 26

 Digital Image
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1028

Michael Burke lecture, history of VMI slang [dvd], 1993-04-30

 Item — Box 04, Media Case/Sleeve: 175
Identifier: DVD175
Scope and Contents Address to the Friends of Preston Library by VMI alumnus Michael A. Burke, Class of 1973, on the origin of VMI slang. This speech was based on research the Burke did for graduate coursework in linguistics.

Philip A. Fitzhugh papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0067
Scope and Contents This collection consists of papers relating to Philip A. Fitzhugh with a bulk dating from cadetship. The collection includes: Six letters from Fitzhugh to his brother containing references to cadet life (graduation; hazing "plebes"; death of Henry C. Reid, Class of 1846; Washington College students, called "minks") Handwritten issue of a cadet newspaper called "The Royal Caroline", dated March 21, 1846 VMI letter of...

Thomas B. Davis collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0026
Scope and Contents The Thomas B. Davis collection contains two items. The first is a letter from Davis to his sister, Camillus Christian, dated March 22, 1863. This letter was written while Davis was a cadet at VMI. In this letter he mentions activities at VMI, Civil War news ("a considerable cavalry fight on the Rappahannock"), the unusual late snows, and provides an early use of the term rat as a reference to new cadets ("The legislature is still cutting up about our maltreating the new cadets, or as we call...