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

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 188 Collections and/or Records:

George T. Coleman letters

Identifier: MS-0073
Scope and Contents This collection consists of two letters from cadet George T. Coleman (Class of 1870) to his brother William D. Coleman (Class of 1857, later editor of the Richmond Enquirer), dated February 11 and 18, 1868. The primary subject of February 11 letter is cadet Coleman's reinstatement at VMI. The letter of February 18 encloses a Letter to the Editor in which he defends the Corps of Cadets against accusations that they had been harassing black citizens of Lexington, Virginia. Includes envelopes.

Hardaway H. Dinwiddie papers

Identifier: MS-0177
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers (6 items) of Hardaway H. Dinwiddie, including manuscript of VMI valedictory speech, 1867; "phrenological analysis" 1858; calling card; poems about the New Market Cadets; certificate of withdrawal from Lexington's Masonic Lodge, 1868; and 1867 VMI commencement program.

Howard J. Merritt papers

Identifier: MS-0184
Scope and Contents Howard J. Merritt papers, consisting of 3 documents. Letter from VMI's Adjutant James H. Morrison to Cadet Merritt's father, enclosing two orders pertaining to his son's dismissal (Cadet Merritt was dismissed for deserting his post as sentinel & breaking into a storeroom to obtain bread) and subsequent reinstatement. The letter is dated Feb 25, 1865; the orders are dated Feb 15 & 23, 1865.

Jacob K. Langhorne Civil War papers

Identifier: MS-0361
Scope and Contents This collection consists of 17 Civil War letters (dated September 1862 to May 1863) from Jacob K. Langhorne to various members of his family. These letters were written during his VMI cadetship and his service in the Confederate Army with the 2nd Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Topics include cadet life, family matters, and camp life.

James A. Harden papers

Identifier: MS-0476
Scope and Contents The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by James A. Harden to his sister, covering wartime events experienced by his unit as well as his time at Ft. Delaware, Delaware. Also included is one letter written from VMI in June 1861 and miscellaneous items.

James E. Witt Letter

Identifier: MS-0477
Scope and Contents The collection consists of one letter from New Market Cadet James E. Witt (Class of 1867), written from VMI HQ at the Alms House in Richmond, VA, dated 1865 February 8. Witt had just resigned his cadetship in order to join the Confederate Army during what turned out to be the last weeks of the war. The letter, addressed to "Dear Miss" [Fannie, last name unknown] is largely personal in nature, involving his relationship with the young woman. However, he does mention the resignation of large...

James H. Reid papers

Identifier: MS-0222
Scope and Contents This collection consists of the Civil War correspondence (18 items) of James H. Reid. Included are 13 letters from Reid to his parents written while he was a fourth classman at VMI, 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 at VMI during the Civil War.The papers contain one letter (dated March 7 1864) written while...

James L. Merritt letters

Identifier: MS-0337
Scope and Contents This collection consists of two letters from Cadet James L. Merritt to his father. The letter dated November 24, 1863 discusses school expenses, mentions the Corps being called to defend against Averell's raids, and reports dissatisfaction with VMI (complains of hunger, gets " beef, irish potatoes, milk" only).The letter dated May 16, 1864 was written on the day after the Battle of New Market and describes being wounded, action on battlefield, and mentions Cadets Norborne C. Lewis...

James W. Breedlove papers

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.

James W. Cooper letter

Identifier: MS-0185
Scope and Contents One letter (March 26, 1869) from Cadet James W. Cooper to Commandant Scott Shipp, tendering his resignation as Sergeant of "D" Company. Endorsement on verso by Cadet Captain James L. Ford, Class of 1869.