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Correspondence

 Subject
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Found in 596 Collections and/or Records:

James M. Mason papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0409
Scope and Contents Correspondence (1831-1865, bulk 1831-1855) of James M. Mason, United States legislator and Confederate diplomat. The collection consists of miscellaneous letters concerning personal financial matters and other personal business. One letter to Mr. Dallas, dated August 11, 1855, relates to presidential politics. One letter to "My dear Col." written from London, England on May 16, 1865, comments on the situation in the South after defeat.

James W. A. Ford letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0271
Scope and Contents One letter dated September 20, 1863 from James W. A. Ford of Lewisburg, West Virginia to his cousin Caroline. Ford discusses the death from the effects of childbirth of his sister Lizzie Burdett. He also mentions that he has raised a company of cavalry.

John B. Strange letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0153
Scope and Contents Strange's letter to his sister Anne M. Strange was written just a few months after the Institute's opening day, and is one of the oldest personal cadet letters still in existence. Strange mentions several aspects of cadet life that were common during the pre-Civil War era, including that final examinations were given orally rather than as written tests, presided over by faculty and the VMI Board of Visitors and open to the public; summer furlough was not automatic, and many cadets stayed at the...

John C. Naylor letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0086
Scope and Contents One letter (dated December 5, 1890) from cadet John Naylor to his father, in which he complains about the character of his roommates and asks to be moved to a different room.

John F. Early papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0012
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the letters and diary of cadet John F. Early (1830-1894), who attended VMI from 1848 to 1850. The one volume diary-notebook contains short and sporadic entries regarding daily routines and special events. The diary contains one of the earliest references to Superintendent Francis H. Smith as "Spex" (April 30, 1850). The diary also contains lists of cadets, room occupants, and poetry of Sara Henderson Smith ("The Old Gray Coat") and others. The five letters were...

John H. C. Beverley letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0093
Scope and Contents One letter from cadet John H. C. Beverley (dated October 23, 1869) to his friend John. The letter describes life at VMI, and mentions guard duty, difficulty of studies, and the demerit system.

John H. Ervine Civil War letter

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Identifier: MS-0331
Scope and Contents One letter (dated June 18, 1861) from Confederate soldier John Hamilton Ervine of Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, to his wife Ellen J. Ervine. Ervine was 2nd Sergeant, Company I, 1st Virginia Cavalry. Written from camp in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Primary topics are troop movements, value of horses, camp life, helpfulness of civilians in providing food and water, and family news. Ervine later served with the 4th Virginia Infantry, was wounded, and taken prisoner. After the war...

John Hardy Shields letters

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Identifier: MS-0045
Scope and Contents This collection consists of three letters written by John H. Shields to his parents while he was a cadet at VMI. Items are dated March 24 and April 7, 1864, and undated letter fragment. In addition to routine matters, the letter of March 24 mentions faculty member Thomas H. Williamson going to Panther's Gap to "survey the land, and make arrangements for throwing up fortifications and breastworks," and discusses how cadets coped with the rationing of food.The collection also contains...

John R. Waddy letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0091
Scope and Contents One letter of recommendation (dated October 27, 1856) written on behalf of John R. Waddy by Superintendent Francis H. Smith. Smith recommends him for a commission in the U.S. Army.

John T. L. Preston and Francis H. Smith correspondence

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Identifier: RG-01-Correspondence-Preston - Smith
Scope and Contents Correspondence between Francis H. Smith, who became VMI's first Superintendent, and John T. L. Preston relating to the organization and opening of VMI. Includes four letters from Preston to Smith and one letter from Smith to Preston, in which he accepts the job offered by the Board of Visitors to serve as Superintendent (originally called Principal Professor). One related letter is from Francis H. Smith to William Atkinson or Atkison, in which Smith asks for advice about VMI's job offer.