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

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 44 Collections and/or Records:

Robert M. T. Hunter manuscript

 Item
Identifier: MS-0116
Scope and Contents 41 page manuscript of speech given at VMI by Senator Robert M. T. Hunter on July 3, 1857 as part of the celebrations marking the end of the academic year. The speech was subsequently printed by McFarlane & Fergusson, Richmond VA, and that published version is also available in the archives.

Samuel Downing papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0167
Scope and Contents The papers consist of 3 items. One letter (November 17, 1859) from Cadet Downing to his father, in which he describes in detail the cadets' trip to Norfolk, VA, including an interesting account of an uncomfortable canal boat journey; one list of demerits (April-June 1860); one quarterly grade report (July 1860)

Samuel Downing Papers [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll11/id/1835

Simeon Gibbons notebook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0046
Scope and Contents One volume commonplace book which belonged to Virginia Military Institute Cadet Simeon B. Gibbons, containing notes, poetry, lists and miscellaneous. other writing.

Smith Family letter

 Item
Identifier: MS-0163
Scope and Contents One letter (March 1, 1856) from VMI's Superintendent Francis H. Smith to the mother of Cadet John J. Smith, in which he discusses Cadet Smith's religious awakening.

Thomas B. Booth Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0496
Scope and Contents A collection of letters [57 items] written by Cadet Thomas Boisseau Booth to his future wife, Agnes S. Lyon of Petersburg, Virginia. All of the letters were written from VMI, where Booth was a cadet from 1855-1858, and contain largely personal news; there are occasional references to VMI news. These are essentially letters documenting the courtship of Booth and Lyon.

Thomas F. Barksdale papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0062
Scope and Contents The collection consists of two items. 1. Letter dated January 25, 1855 from a Prussian official, denying Barksdale and his roommates permission to enter the Prussian Army. 2. Notebook contains class notes, including notes taken in Stonewall Jackson's class section in Natural Philsophy (a course that would today be most similar to Physics) and notes taken in Analytical Geometry class taught by Francis H. Smith; resolution issued by cadets following murder of Cadet Thomas Blackburn, Class of...

Thomas T. Munford collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0158
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers of Thomas T. Munford, including two personal letters from Munford: 1861 April 18 to Charles Ellis, discussing the outbreak of war; 1865 May 21 to Sallie Munford, his niece, expressing sadness caused by the South's defeat; the architecture textbook used by Munford during his cadetship at VMI, including his original sketches and annotations; 11 receipts, showing payments of Col. George W. Munford to Col. Claudius Crozet for schooling of his sons, 1845-1847.

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.