Civil War Cadet Life, 1862.
William Galt Notebook
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About the Collection:
From the 1850's through the end of the Civil War, many VMI cadets kept notebooks which they filled with poetry concerning cadet life, songs, recipes, personal notes, autographs of classmates, and other mementos. This notebook, dating from 1862, was compiled by Cadet William "Willie" Galt, VMI Class of 1864. The manuscript reflects the concerns and interests of a wartime cadet and thus contains many verses and songs inspired by the ongoing conflict. A few of the entries toward the end of the volume were made by an unknown family member, probably ca. 1865-1866. William Galt, b. ca. 1841, was the youngest son of William Galt of "Glenvaron," Fluvanna County, Virginia. He resigned his cadetship to join the Confederate Army, serving as Adjutant with the 52nd Virginia Infantry; died in the hospital at Winchester, Virginia, on October 6, 1864, from a wound received in battle.