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Virginia Military Institute -- Cadet life -- 1840-1849

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 54 Collections and/or Records:

Alexander S. Brown letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0217
Scope and Contents Two letters from Washington College student Alexander S. Brown to his sister, dated 1846 September 20 and 1848 September 7. The 1848 letter mentions the Cincinnati military class, in which Washington College students participated in military training conducted by VMI staff. The second letter expresses his dissatisfaction with the College and a desire to transfer to another school.

Cadet Thomas Moncure Letter, 1849

 Item
Scope and Contents Letter, 1849 September 19, 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.

Cadet Thomas Moncure Letter [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: MS0468. Digital

Charles A. Derby papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0030
Scope and Contents The bulk of the collection consists of Derby family correspondence. Approximately twenty-eight letters were written by Charles Derby. The Charles Derby letters, 1844-1862, cover the period from late boyhood up to his death in battle in 1862. Included are letters (1846-1847) written while he was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, as well as correspondence dating from his careers as teacher and Episcopal clergyman. Two items were written during his brief service in the Confederate...

Daniel L. Powell letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0076
Scope and Contents This collection consists of two letters. One letter (dated July 15, 1844) from Henry T. Lee (Class of 1845 and Daniel Powell's uncle) to cadets Fitzhugh and Keeling, requesting that they treat Powell with kindness. The other letter (dated August 22, 1846) is from cadet Powell to his mother, describing guard duty at "Camp Crozet," the purchase of clothing, and family news.

Founders Day Speech

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0466
Scope and Contents A four page holograph manuscript containing the text of a speech given by an unidentified speaker on the Institute's Founders Day anniversary, November 11, 1843. "With you in a great degree it rests to sustain the name of the Institution which herafter you will be proud to acknowledge as your Alma Mater, the brightest hopes and fondest dreams of our Common State."