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Virginia Military Institute -- Cadet life -- 1850-1859

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 44 Collections and/or Records:

Craig W. McDonald document

 Item
Identifier: MS-0254
Scope and Contents A humorous document from VMI cadet life, dated January 23, 1856. The item is an excuse, in verse form, written by Cadet Craig McDonald after being late for reveille. It was addressed to the Commandant's office.

Edward C. Shepherd collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0019
Scope and Contents The collection contains three notebooks, two miscellaneous documents, and an annotated analytical geometry text that belonged to Virginia Military Institute Cadet Edward C. Shepherd during his years as a VMI student, 1851-1855. The first notebook contains approximately 50 pen and ink, hand-tinted drawings by Shepherd; these were completed as assignments for VMI courses and some bear the signature of Superintendent Francis H. Smith (" Examined correct, F.H. Smith"). This book also includes a...

Edward S. Hutter Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0013
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the one volume diary of Virginia Military Institute Cadet Edward S. Hutter, covering the period January - December 1858. The earliest entries (Jan-March 19) were written while Hutter was on sick leave and contain mostly family references. Later entries mention VMI faculty members, friends, the Society of Cadets (a student debating club), room occupants, infractions noted while on Guard Duty, and other aspects of cadet life.

George A. Goodman papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0044-oversized
Scope and Contents Papers consist of eleven items. Included are Goodman's VMI Diploma and Cadet Dialectic Society certificates; letters of recommendation (1859) from Francis H. Smith and Thomas H. Williamson; miscellaneous Civil War documents including commissions, oaths of allegiance, and prison parole.

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.

Giles Gunn Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0292
Scope and Contents The papers consist of five letters (1848-1854) written by Giles Gunn, a native of Connecticut, while he was a schoolteacher in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. The letters, addressed primarily to his sister Mary (living at the Gunn home in Washington, Litchfield County, Connecticut), include discussions of interesting local events as well as references to family. Topics include commencement at the Virginia Military Institute; a detailed description of his school and his methods of...

Jacob Lynch letter and hymnal

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0195
Scope and Contents 1 letter (1859 March 22) from Jacob Lynch to his son, VMI Cadet David C. Lynch. Mr. Lynch reprimands David for excessive demerits and for acquiring debts that have not been paid. The collection also includes 1 Presbyterian hymnal used by Cadet Lynch.

James Henry Waddell papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0130
Scope and Contents 4 items, including a letter (1855) from Cadet Waddell to his sister, that contains a detailed description and pencil drawing of his room (#14) in Barracks and of his roomates (Barksdale, Penn, Magruder, Shepherd, Wilson); a second drawing of a barracks room & roommates (similar to a sketch found in the Shepherd Collection, MS#0019); pencil map, 8 inches x 10 inches, labeled "Plan of Battle of Bethel Church, June 10, 1861." Letter of recommendation, 1879, written by VMI's Superintendent...

James W. Breedlove papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0168
Scope and Contents Papers, 8 items, of James W. Breedlove. Includes two letters (October 13, 1859; March 11, 1861) from Cadet Breedlove to his grandfather in which he discusses his studies, expenses; two letters from Superintendent Francis H. Smith to Cadet Breedlove's grandfather, acknowledging receipt of money; three VMI quarterly grade reports; one account sheet detailing VMI expenses.