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Virginia Military Institute -- Cadet life -- 1860-1869

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 188 Collections and/or Records:

Diary, 1862-1868

 Item
Scope and Contents John F. Hanna's diary contains a colorful account of life at VMI and in Lexington, Virginia during the Spring of 1864. Entries begin April 17, 1864 and end May 9, 1864.

The diary was used by Septimus Knight of 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry from August 1862 (apparently copied from an earlier diary or notes) through June 1868. Most entries relate the movements and activities of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

Diary, 1862-1868

 Digital Image
Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/37

Diary and account book, 1862-1865

 Item
Scope and Contents One volume diary of Confederate soldier William J. Black. The diary entries date from October 1864 to January 1865, written while Black was serving in Captain John J. Shoemaker's Company, Virginia Horse Artillery. Included are brief accounts of various skirmishes and the Battle of Cedar Creek, and campsites and positions that are recorded daily. Following the diary entries are copies of two of Shoemaker's reports detailing Battery activities, dated September 1, 1864 (covering the period May...

Diary and account book, 1862-1865

 Digital Image
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/386

Diary and notebook, 1862-1864

 Item
Scope and Contents The diary and notebook provides insight into the life and concerns of a VMI cadet during the Civil War. It primarily contains poetry written by his classmates, as well as poetry by Sara Henderson Smith, the wife of VMI Superintendent, Francis H. Smith. The diary portion contains sparse entries for the period between March and May 1863. Included are occasional references to wartime cadet life, as well as a brief account of General Stonewall Jackson's wounding, death, and funeral in May 1863....

Diary and notebook, 1862-1864

 Digital Image
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/563

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.

Francis B. Clark collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0270
Scope and Contents Notebook containing original poetry by Cadet Francis B. Clark, Jr., including "Natural Bridge","To the Lee Family", and "Washington and Lee". The collection also contains one privately printed poem "The Irish Emigrant."

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.