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16717ContentAlexander Jackson Davis Architectural Drawings./Archives/Manuscripts/00276Davis/Alexander_Jackson_Davis_Architectural_Drawings_/Alexander Jackson Davis Architectural Drawings Historical Buildings at VMIAlexander Jackson Davis Architectural DrawingsHistoric Buildings at VMIView the Online Exhibit Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), a notable 19th century American architect, designed the VMI Barracks, professors' residences and other Institute buildings during the 1850's-1860's. Born in New York, Davis studied at the American Academy of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. He helped to popularize the Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate styles, and his many important projects included private residences as well as public buildings. Davis has long been recognized by historians as the most significant American practitioner of the "secular gothic," and VMI was the first American college planned entirely in the Gothic Revival style. This style incorporates towers, turrets, and other design elements first used in medieval castles and cathedrals. The Barracks was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and the VMI Post was named a National Historic District in 1974.VMI owns 27 original Davis drawings. Davis's association with VMI came about as a result of his design work for Philip St. George Cocke, a wealthy Virginia planter and member of the VMI Board of Visitors. Cocke, an impassioned advocate of the Gothic style, employed Davis to design "Belmead" the Cocke residence in Powhatan County, Virginia. Cocke became Davis's patron in the state, and when VMI began its building program in the late 1840's, it turned to Davis to create a comprehensive plan for the Institute. During the period 1850-1861, a significant portion of the Barracks, a Porter's Lodge, Mess Hall, the Superintendent's residence, and several faculty residences were constructed using Davis's designs. Davis's dream of completing the Barracks quadrangle was interrupted by the Civil War and VMI's post-war financial problems, and his work for the Institute ended in the 1870's. It was not until the early 20th century that his vision for the Parade Ground facade of Barracks was realized, based on a Davis-inspired design by another noted architect, Bertram Goodhue.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM6/22/2015 10:14:00 AM10/10/2007 4:07:33 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobAlexander Jackson Davis Architectural Drawings.969A10330False06/22/2015 10:14:00 AM10/10/2007 04:07:33 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/00276Davis/Alexander_Jackson_Davis_Architectural_Drawings_/7565106Civil War cadet- Gisiner/assets/0/430/438/d86f7394-4817-49db-aab1-7072f0b760db.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM8/22/2007 11:10:18 AM8/10/2007 9:58:58 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobCivil War cadet- Gisiner438A1033D86F7394-4817-49DB-AAB1-7072F0B760DB 11:10:18 AM8/10/2007 09:58:58 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png War Manuscripts/Archives/Manuscripts/Civil_War_Manuscripts/Civil War ManuscriptsCivil War Letters, Diaries, ManuscriptsA Brief Guide to Our CollectionsAbout this list:  This list is made available for researchers who want to quickly browse manuscripts relating to the Civil War.   For in-depth information about these and all manuscript holdings, please consult the VMI Archives Catalog . The catalog contains detailed descriptive records and links to online access when available, and is the best tool for searching our manuscripts holdings.  Collections which are available online are designated in this list with Online AccessFor other sections of the Brief Guide Series see: Letters, Diaries, & Manuscripts HomeWant more details about these holdings?  Click on the title to jump to the catalog7th Virginia Cavalry Quartermaster documents.  (MS 0399)  Online AccessRequisitions and receipts (21 items, 1861-1862) issued by Capt. William Miller, Assistant Quartermaster serving on Col. Turner Ashby's staff. Many bear Ashby's signature.Adams, Richard H., Jr., papers. (MS 0358)   Online AccessBiographical note: Richard H. Adams, Jr. from Marengo County, Alabama; served with 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment and in Engineer Corps on General Wheeler's staff, captured near Nashville; prisoner of war Sept. 1863-June 1865, one of "immortal 600". Descriptive note: Civil War papers (ca. 80 items), including prison correspondence.Allen, Julia Pendleton. Letter.    Online AccessA Confederate officer's wife in Winchester, Virginia, February 1862.Atwill, Samuel F., papers.   (MS 0061)  Online Access Biographical note: Member of the Class of 1866; wounded at Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864 and died as a result of wound on July 20, 1864. Descriptive note: Papers consist of two letters (1862) written by Cadet Atwill to his parents, relating anecdotes about life at VMI; one letter (July 1864) from Supt. Francis H. Smith notifying family of Atwill's death; fragment of Atwill's cadet account book.Bagnall, John S., papers. (MS 0219)   Online AccessMisc. papers of John Bagnall, Class of 1865 & New Market cadet. Included are letters from Eliza C. ("Mother") Crim, of New Market fame, dated 1921; a VMI grade report (1862); two receipts for payment of tuition & diploma; and an envelope containing 2 calling cards.Baker, I. Norval, Civil War Memoirs. (MS #0357).    Online Access  Private, Company F, 18th Virginia Cavalry Regiment; memoirs describing Baker's Civil War experiences July 1863-April 1865; topics include camp life, hardships, battles (Gettysburg, Cedar Creek), effects of war in Shenandoah Valley. Also includes Company F roster.Beall, Edward T., diary.  (MS 0355)   Online Access Diary of 16 year old soldier Edward T. Beall,  Private, 62nd Virginia Infantry, covering period April-October 1863. Bentley, William W., letter (MS 0117) .   Online Access VMI Class of 1860; Lt. Col., 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA. Letter from Lt. Col. Bentley to his mother dated June 13, 1862, from "camp near Richmond." Discusses his feelings about war; comfort given by his belief in God; life in camp.Berkeley, Edmund. Letter. (MS 0154)   Online AccessLetter from Cadet Berkeley (VMI Class of 1867 & New Market cadet) to his mother, dated 26 November 1863. 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 term "growley").Black, William J., Diary. (MS 0015)    Online AccessOne volume diary of Confederate soldier William J. Black (b. 1845 d. 1935; VMI Class of 1867). Diary entries date from October 1864 - January 1865, written while Black was serving in Captain John J. Shoemaker's Battery, Stuart's Horse Artillery. Also VMI cadet account book.Borders, John. Papers. (MS 0369) Online Access4 documents granting a presidential pardon to John Borders of Calhoun, Co., Alabama, 1865-1866.Botts, Lawson. Papers. (MS 0064)      Online AccessMiscellaneous Civil War Papers (1861-1862) of Lawson Botts (b.1825 Fredericksburg, VA; VMI Class of 1844; lawyer; Col., 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment; died 1862 as a result of wound received at 2nd Manassas). Include letter of commission; promotion order; order to assume duties of Provost Marshall in Winchester, VA; letter to Capt. O'Brien complaining about shortage of rations, etc; furlough request; receipt.Boyd, Robert A., Diary. (MS 0092)  Online AccessVMI Class of 1863; 1st Sergeant, Co. D. , 1st Regiment, Confederate States Engineers. One volume notebook, ca. 45 pages, containing miscellaneous personal notes (Dec 1864- April 1865) and brief diary entries (April 3-13, 1865). Diary portion covers activities of the 1st Engineers Regiment during the last few days of the war; mentions surrender at Appomattox and includes pencil sketch of surrender site. Notes concern supplies, furloughs and desertions, guard rosters.Boykin, Francis M., papers. (MS 0232). Online Access  Misc. Civil War papers of Francis Boykin (VMI Class of 1856 & 31st Virginia Infantry), CSA. Includes 2 commissions, orders, letter signed by Robert E. Lee, letter from Gov. John Letcher. All documents are dated 1861.Breckinridge, John C., misc. documents  (MS 00370)  Online AccessJohn C. Breckinridge, Major General, Confederate States Army; Confederate Secretary of War; b. 1821 d. 1875. Six miscellaneous documents (1861-1873), labeled "contents of J.C. Breckinridge's purse." Items include receipts; list of names with addresses.Brisbine, Napoleon C., letters.  (MS 0391) Online AccessTwo letters written by Union Army physician N. B. Brisbine at Winchester, Virginia, dated September 16 and 24, 1864. Brisbine was a Surgeon serving with the 2nd Ohio Cavalry Regiment; this unit was engaged in the fighting at Winchester in August 1864, serving as a rear guard while the rest of the army retreated toward Harper's Ferry. Brooke, Samuel S., papers. (MS  0221)    Online AccessBrooke was a member of the Class of 1861 and & served with the 47th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Correspondence, 1862-1864, to & from family members. Includes references to civilian wartime life in Fredericksburg, VA as well as information about the 47th VA.Boykin, Francis M., papers. (MS 0282) Online Access  Papers (bulk dated 1860-1865) of correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous documents of R. Henry Campbell and members of the Varner family of Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Includes Civil War letters of soldiers R. Henry Campbell (1861 April -July) and Charles V. Varner (1864, 1865). The letters were written while they were serving with the Rockbridge Rifles. Significant topics in the Campbell letters include the unit's stay at Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg, and the 1st Battle of Manassas (1st Bull Run). Also includes local broadside concerning occupation of Lexington by U. S. forces, July 1865.Carpenter, Joseph H., papers. (MS 0333)  Online Access (Civil War items)Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1856; Captain, Co. A, 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment (later converted to artillery company known as Carpenter's Battery); wounded at Cedar Mountain, 1862; died from effects of the wound, February 5, 1863. Cadet notebook; and Civil War papers (6 items) including letter of June 16, 1862 describing fighting near Port Republic.Chaffin, Richard B., receipts. (MS  0095) Biographical note: Richard Booker Chaffin, b. 1844 Amelia Co., Virginia; non graduate, VMI Class of 1866; Lt., CSA Cavalry; realtor, Richmond, VA; d. 1902, Richmond. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous receipts (20 items) for Chaffin's expenses at VMI, and for various family expenses. Dated Jan-Dec 1863.Civil War claims documents. (MS 0241) In 1864, Henry duPont, then an artillery captain for the Union Army, shelled VMI on orders of Union Gen. David Hunter. Years later, as a U.S. senator, duPont introduced a bill to compensate VMI for the destruction. The bill, signed into law in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, awarded VMI $100,000, funding the construction of Jackson Memorial Hall, known on the VMI Post as “JM Hall.” This collection contains 3 documents concerning relating to the passage of the bill (Senate bill 544).Clarke, John J., Papers.   (MS 0112) Online AccessPapers (12 items), 1861-1865, of John J. Clarke, Colonel, Confederate States Corps of Engineers; Chief Engineer, Dept. of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Documents include commissions, military orders; correspondence and dispatches concerning activities in and around Charleston, South Carolina during the period 1864-1865.Cocke, Cary C., letters.  (MS 0189) Biographical note:  Cary Charles Cocke, b. 1814; physician; d. 1888. John Hartwell Cocke b. 1847, Bremo Bluff, VA; VMI Class of 1868; farmer; d. 1920.  Descriptive note:   Three letters, 1863-1864, written by Dr. Cary C. Cocke to Fayette Jones and Harrison B. Tomlin. Topics include mutual friends (Josh Jones family) who were forced to leave their home in Norfolk; and other news of wartime civilian life. The letter of December 22, 1864 contains references to Cocke's son John, a VMI cadet.Coleman, Clayton G., Papers. (MS 0021)  Online AccessColeman (VMI Class of 1859) served during the Civil War with the 23rd Virginia Infantry and later as a physician in the Confederate Medical Dept. The collection contains three letters written to his sister during the war. Letter of 9/19/1862, from Winchester, Virginia, discusses Battle of Antietam and caring for wounded; 11/4/1862, from Winchester, discusses hospitals and care of wounded; other war activities; 2/25/1863 is largely personal, discussing his mother's death. The collection also includes an autograph album, containing the signatures of his VMI classmates.Comer Family letter.  (MS 0410)One letter from Mrs. Comer to her husband, dated 1865 January 25 from Winchester, Virginia. It is addressed to "A. Comer, Asst. Surgeon;" no other biographical information was available at the time the letter was cataloged. The letter contains personal and family news, including mention of a ball given by Gen. Chapman's staff, a wedding, and a sleigh ride.Confederate Bond collection. (MS 0371) Collection of bonds (9 items; $1000, $500, $100 denominations) issued by the Confederate States of America. Coupons attached.Craun, Samuel H., papers. (MS 0372)  Online AccessSamuel H. Craun, b. 1821, enlisted 12th Virginia Cavalry Regiment April 1862; postwar residence Rockingham Co., Virginia. Papers consist of 11 miscellaneous documents, 1862-1863, from Craun's military service. Included are receipts; orders regarding foraging, picking up prisoners; ordnance list for Co. H.Crowther, Joseph W., Diary.   (MS 0330) Diary of Union soldier Joseph W. Crowther, who served during the Civil War with Company H., 128th New York Infantry Regiment; entries begin November 9 , 1864 and end July 23, 1865 when regiment is disbanded. Crowther describes camp life; foraging; skirmishes; winter quarters in Winchester, Virginia; transport via steamship to Fort Monroe, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia; soldiers receiving news of the assassination of President Lincoln; description of soldiers'return to New York at end of war. Locations mentioned or described include Kernstown, Front Royal, Winchester, Martinsburg, Harper's Ferry, Baltimore, Savannah, and Goldsboro. See the website maintained by Bill Cork, great-great grandson of Joseph Crowther, for a transcription of the original diary and other information about the family.Darden, James D., Papers. (MS 0120) Miscellaneous Civil War papers of James Darden (VMI Class of 1867), a New Market Cadet who later joined the CSA. 5 items (1865); 3 page biographical sketch (typescript), ca. 1910.Davis, Thomas B., papers. (MS 0026). Collection consists of 2 items. 1. Letter (March 22, 1863) from Cadet Davis to his sister, Mrs. Camillus Christian; in addition to general news about weather and family, contains early use of the term "rat" to describe VMI 4th classmen and mentions that legislature is investigating hazing. 2. VMI cadet account book, 1862-1864; contains entries for VMI expenses. Davis attended VMI 1862-1864 (Class of 1866); served as 2nd Lieut., Company D, 2nd Virginia Cavalry; died in prison from effects of battle wound.Dedrick, Henry H., papers. (MS 0332).  Online AccessBiographical Note: Confederate soldier. Henry H. Dedrick, born Rockingham Co., Virginia, 1836?; Private, Co. B., 52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; after war was farmer in Augusta County; died Sherando, Augusta Co., November 10, 1921. Collection Description: Correspondence (32 items), 1861-1865. Bulk consists of letters to and from his wife, Mary E.A. Dedrick, written while he was serving in the army. Subjects include camp life, regimental activities and personal news, hardships endured by civilians.Derby, Charles H., Papers. (MS 0030)  Online Access (selected items)Correspondence and other papers (ca. 60 items) of Charles A. Derby (b. 1828 d. 1862).VMI Class of 1848. Joined 44th Alabama Infantry Regiment in 1862; killed September 17, 1862 at Battle of Antietam (Md.) Bulk consists of Derby family correspondence (42 letters), including 25 letters written by Charles Derby. Six letters were written from VMI (1846-1847); others date from his career as a teacher & clergyman in Alabama and from his CSA service.Drake, James M., letter.   (MS 0402)Civil War letter written by Union soldier James M. Drake of Sharon, Mass., who served with the 33rd Massachusetts Infantry, (Company M & later K). Drake, a lawyer in civilian life, was a 1st Sergeant in his Company and was killed October 29, 1863 at Raccoon Ridge, Tennessee. The letter, addressed to his father, is dated August 26, 1862 and was written from Alexandria, Virginia, where the Regiment was encamped. Drake presents his views on slavery, discusses the beauty of the city, mentions inaccuracy of northern war news ("Don't you believe all your Northern papers say, the Union is in great danger of a complete defeat."), and discusses Union officers view of Stonewall Jackson ("Most of our officers have a great fear of Jackson.").Dunlap Family letters. (MS 0373)  Online AccessTwo letters, 1864, regarding members of the Dunlap family of Jennings Gap, Augusta Co., Virginia. May 20th, 1864, Confederate soldier Robert B. Dunlap to his mother Margaret Dunlap, written from camp near Spotsylvania Courthouse; describes aftermath of battle, seeing battlefield covered with dead and wounded. July 13, 1864, Adam Dunlap, a Union loyalist, to his brother Robert, from Warnsburg, Missouri; discusses murder of their brother Jim (also a Union loyalist) by a member of his own unit; encourages Robert to "change your way of thinking."Early, Jubal A., papers.   (MS 0398)Miscellaneous papers (8 items), primarily post-Civil War, of Confederate General Jubal A. Early. Included is a dispatch to Maj. Hawks dated January 8, 1864, in which Imboden informs him "I shall not move to the lower valley- there is nothing to be gained by it."Edgar, George M., letters. (MS 0094) George Mathews Edgar, b. 1837, d. 1913, VMI Class of 1856. Letter to Edgar, dated May 17, 1864, commends him for the assistance rendered by his battalion at the Battle of New Market on May 15.  Letter from Edgar (1885) written while he was President of the Arkansas Industrial University, in which he replies to James E. Blenchingly (VMI Class of 1852) application for a job.Emory, William H., papers. (MS 0298) Misc. Civil War papers of Union General William H. Emory (b. 1811 d. 1887), USMA Class of 1831. The collection contains: "Rebellion Record of Brevet Major General W.H. Emory," 1872, 50 holograph pages; Reports, holograph (2 vols.) of Union Forces during the Red River Campaign, 1864 (13th, 16th, 17th, 19th Army Corps); Reports, holograph (1 vol.) of Union Forces during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1864. 19th Army Corps.Ervine, John H., letter. (MS 0331).    Online Access Letter , June 18, 1861, from Confederate soldier John H. Ervine, to his wife Ellen. Ervine was serving with Co. I, 1st Virginia Cavalry.Ewell, Richard S., miscellaneous papers.  (MS 0395)Miscellaneous papers (3 items) of Richard S. Ewell. Includes a letter written while he was a cadet at West Point (June 17, 1838) to Benjamin S. Ewell of York, PA; and 2 Civil War dispatches (1862 and 1864). The collection also contains a map of the Cedar Mountain battlefield drawn by Gen. Ewell.Ford, James W. A., letter  (MS 0271)  One letter (September 20, 1863) from James W. A. Ford of Lewisburg WV to his cousin Caroline. He discusses the death from the effects of childbirth of his sister Lizzie Burdette. He also mentions that he has raised a company of cavalry.Fulkerson Family papers. (MS 0363)  Online AccessFulkerson family papers, 1847-1925. Includes Civil War correspondence of Samuel V. Fulkerson (VMI Board of Visitors; Col. 37th Virginia Infantry Regiment) and Abram Fulkerson, (VMI Class of 1857, Col. 63rd Tennessee Infantry, Immortal 600). Samuel was killed in 1862 at Gaines' Mill; papers include Stonewall Jackson ALS (Sept 2, 1862) to Mr. F.M. Fulkerson, in which he praises Samuel's abilities and laments his death.Galt, William. Notebook. (MS 0362)   Online AccessPoetry notebook ,1862, compiled by Cadet William Galt, VMI Class of 1864. Contains some original cadet poetry as well as popular wartime verses (Bonnie Blue Flag; Oh Weep not Mother). Two pieces about death of Stonewall Jackson. Galt joined the 52nd Virginia Infantry and was mortally wounded at Winchester in Sept. 1864.Garibaldi, John. Papers. (MS 00284).   Online AccessCorrespondence, 1862-1864, of Sgt. John Garibaldi, 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment.Garland, Samuel. Commission Document.  (MS 0118)   Online AccessBrig. Gen. CSA; killed in battle at South Mountain, 14 September 1862. Descriptive note: Commission document, dated May 8, 1861, appointing Samuel Garland, Jr. Colonel in the Virginia Volunteer Forces. Signed by Governor John Letcher. Gatewood, Andrew C. L., Papers. (MS 0068)  Online AccessPapers of  wartime cadet (Class of 1864) and CSA soldier, 11th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Includes 28 letters, 1860-1864, written during cadetship and his subsequent military service.Gibbons, Alfred R., Letter (MS 0119)    Online Access Wartime cadet (Class of 1867) describes the Corps being sent on a march to defend against Union troop movements, December 1863.Goodman, George A., Papers. (MS 0044) Misc. papers (1848-1865) of George A. Goodman (b.1828 d. 1884), VMI Class of 1852, Lt. Col., 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment. 11 items, including Goodman's VMI Diploma and Cadet Dialectic Society certificates; letters of recommendation (1859) from Francis H. Smith and Thomas H. Williamson; misc. Civil War documents including commissions, oaths of allegiance, and prison parole.Haigh, Charles T., notebook.    (MS 0016).  Online AccessOne vol. notebook of Cadet Haigh (b, 1845 d, 1864), VMI Class of 1866. Contains cadet poetry; diary entries, March -May 1863, including references to Stonewall Jackson's wounding, death and funeral.  Hanna, John F., diary. (MS 0317).    Online Access   Diary of John F. Hanna, Class of 1864 & New Market Cadet. Entries begin April 17, 1864 and end May 9, 1864; contain comments about VMI activities, as well as personal concerns. The diary was acquired by a Union soldier, presumably Septimus Knight of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. The notebook was used by Knight as a diary; entries date 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.Harden, James A., Papers. (MS 0476)   Online AccessClass of 1864MS; Wartime letters, 1861-1864; was with 23rd Virginia Battalion before being captured at the third battle of Winchester.  He was held at Ft. Delaware until the end of the war.Hardy, William T., collection.   (MS 0084). b. 1834, Norfolk, Virginia; VMI Class of 1855; during Civil War was Captain, Quartermaster, Confederate States Army; farmer; d. 1911. Descriptive note: The collection consists of drawing exercises (bound notebook and unbound drawings) completed while Hardy  (b. 1834 d. 1911) was a VMI cadet; and one wartime letter (May 12, 1864) to his wife, in which he briefly discusses battle at Spotsylvania Court House.Harman, Michael G., papers.   (MS 0397) Online Access Miscellaneous Civil War letters (6 items; July-October 1861) of Lt. Col. Michael G. Harman, written from Headquarters, Staunton, Virginia, where Harman was Quartermaster. The letters concern supplies and transportation.Harris, Sutton I., letter.  (MS 0394)   Online Access One letter, dated September 12, 1861, from Confederate soldier Sutton J. Harris of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, to "my dearest Lizzie." The letter was written from camp at Duffield's Station, Jefferson County, [West] Virginia and contains complaints about food and camp hardships; mentions being surrounded by federal troops; personal news; mentions Col. Turner Ashby.Harris, Willis O., letter. (MS 0478) One letter from New Market Cadet Willis O. Harris (Class of 1867), written from VMI on April 17th, 1864.  Although primarily containing comments on family news, Harris does mention the uncertainty of whether or not the Corps will be called into the Army and expresses his wish to "have the credit of contributing to the common cause before peace is declared."Hawkins, W. W., letter.  (MS 0404)Civil War letter written by Union soldier W. W. Hawkins to his father. The letter is dated November 20, 1862 from "Camp at Fairmount, Near Fredericksburg, VA." The letter contains comments about military life (marching, lack of rations, talking with Confederate soldiers encamped across the river, cavalry foraging for food). Hawkins's unit and other biographical details are not known.Hempstead, Junius, letter. (MS 0172)  Online AccessOne letter, 1865 September, from Junius Hempstead (VMI Class of 1864; Capt., 25th Virginia Infantry) in which he defends the position taken by the South during the war & his own service in the CSA. One poem, "Ode to the 4th Classmen of 1861 who never heard Auld Lang Syne."Henkel Family letters. (MS # 0374)  Online Access Four wartime letters concerning Henkel and Kagey families of New Market, Virginia;  2 documents signed by Solon P.C. Henkel, M.D. for reimbursement for goods taken from his farm by Union soldiers and for medical supplies used while he cared for Union soldiers at the Federal hospital in New Market.Hickman, Joseph. Document  (MS 0376)  Online AccessDocument, (April 22, ca. 1862), from Headquarters, Valley District; "Pass J. G. Hickman through the pickets to Harrisonburg, VA."Holliday, Benjamin T, Parole Document/Oath of Allegiance. (MS 0233) Online AccessDocument releasing Holliday from prison at Point Lookout, Maryland, June 1865.Holman, William H. Civil War documents  (MS 0428)The collection consists of two documents from the Civil War career of Captain William H. Holman, of Holman's Company, Virginia Light Artillery, CSA (later the Fluvanna Artillery, No.1). Included are a commission document (June 28, 1861), appointing him Captain in the 2nd Artillery Regiment; and a military order (September 15, 1861) requiring Holman to report to Brig. General Early.Hubard, William J., notebook. (MS 0014) One vol. notebook of New Market cadet Hubard (b. 1845 d. 1917), VMI Class of 1865. Contains poetry composed by cadets, including "Soliloquy of a Rat," The Faculty," and other poems about cadet life. Two diary entries (Nov 1862; June 1863); autographs; misc. mementos.Humphreys, J. O., Diary.  (Located in VMI Order Book).  Online AccessAn account of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign by a Private serving with the 1st Independent Battery Ohio Artillery; covers the period April-July, 1864. The diary was written in a VMI Order Book that was carried off by Union soldiers during Hunter's Raid, June 1864, and returned to VMI over 100 years later.Hurley, J. R., papers. (MS #190)Online Access12 letters, 1862-1863, from Confederate soldier J.R. Hurley (Private, Co. "A", 39th Alabama Infantry Regiment) to his family. Written from camps in Mississippi and Tennessee. References to life in camp; personal news.Imboden, John D., miscellaneous papers.  (MS 0396)Miscellaneous papers (1862-1891, 5 items) of Confederate General John D. Imboden. One document dates from the Civil War and concerns the subpoena of witnesses for the trial of a man accused of collaborating with the enemy; the other documents are dated post-war and pertain to various personal and business matters.Jackson, Stonewall. Papers. (MS 0102).  Online Access Personal Papers, 1844-1863, of Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson. Most date from before the Civil War, although some Civil War items are included.James, John G., Papers  (MS 0319)John Garland James, b. 1844, Fluvanna Co., VA; VMI Class of 1866 and New Market cadet; educator; d. 1930, Dallas TX.  Descriptive note:   The papers consist of 16 letters and one postcard written by John G. James to his friend Samuel Y. Ferguson of Wichita Falls, Texas. Of special interest is the letter of April 17. 1927, in which James describes his memories of witnessing the VMI Corps of Cadets arrival in Richmond, April 1861, under the command of Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. This same letter contains a brief recollection of James' participation in Jackson's funeral. Jameson, James H., letters.   (MS 0252)    Online Access 2 letters, with original envelopes, written by James H. Jameson (VMI Class of 1842) to his daughter from Point Lookout Prison, Maryland. Dated August 8 & 28, 1864. Discusses his failing health; requests money. Jameson served with the 11th Virginia Infantry Regiment.Johnson Family Papers. (MS 0341).   Online AccessFamily letters (26 items, 1862-1865) written by Rockbridge County resident Mortimer H. Johnson and his son Porter Johnson (New Market Cadet/Class of 1867).Johnson, Francis S., letter of recommendation. (MS 0216) One letter from Thomas B. Robinson (Class of 1856/Faculty) recommending Cadet Johnson (Class of 1867 & New Market cadet) for service in the Confederate Army. Dated march 20, 1865.Jordan, Walter. Letter.  (MS 0403).Civil War letter, dated November 22, 1863, from Union soldier Walter Jordan to "Friend Croswell." Jordan was writing from "camp near Brandy Station." The letter contains mostly personal news and comments about his family; Jordan expresses frustration at indecision of officers and states that "I hope they will come at some plan so as to move on the enemy or else go into winter quarters and settle down until spring."Koontz, George W., Letter. (item in MS 0102) Online AccessKoontz served with the Danville Artillery (Rice's Battery). He discusses the Battle of Chancellorsville and death of Stonewall Jackson.Langhorne, J. Kent. Papers. (MS 0361). Online AccessJacob Kent Langhorne (VMI Class of 1866) joined 2nd Virginia Cavalry, CSA; killed June 9, 1863, near Brandy Station, Virginia. Description: 16 letters from Jacob Kent Langhorne to his family. 11 letters, Sept 1862 - Jan 1863 were written from VMI; 5 letters written after he joined the second Virginia Cavalry.Langhorne, Maurice., Letter. (MS 0375)  Online AccessLetter (June 19, 1861) from Maurice Langhorne (probably the grandfather of Maurice Langhorne, VMI Class of 1867/New Market cadet) of Lynchburg to Gov. John Letcher, requesting that William R. Musser be released from military duty in order to conduct essential war service in Lynchburg. Endorsed on the verso by several officers, including General Robert E. Lee. Lee, Robert E., miscellaneous family papers. (MS 0237) Misc. Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee documents. 9 items signed by R. E. Lee, including four holograph letters. 1 check payable to Mrs. Lee.Lee-Jackson Foundation manuscripts. (MS 0288). A group of miscellaneous manuscripts donated by the Lee-Jackson Foundation in conjunction with their gift of the Stonewall Jackson Papers. Includes documents bearing signatures of Civil War notables.Lightfoot, Charles E., letter. (MS 0448)    Online AccessLetter, dated 1865 March 17, from HQ, Artillery Defenses, Richmond, Virginia. The letter was written by Confederate officer Lt. Col. Charles E. Lightfoot (VMI Class of 1854 )to Colonel Benjamin S. Ewell, brother and staff officer to General Richard S. Ewell. Lightfoot asks for a clarification of command responsibility for Richmond's artillery defenses, stating that the present command situation places him in conflict with Lt. Col. Carter M. Braxton. General Ewell's reply, via Col. Ewell, is on reverse.Lohr, Zirkle. Document. (MS  0377)  Online AccessReceipt (October 6, 1863) from Confederate government for 15 bushels of corn; issued to Zirkle Lohr of Madison County, Virginia.Lunbeck, Joseph R., papers.  (MS 0408)Civil War papers of Union soldier Joseph Ross Lunbeck, who served first with Company B of the 26th Ohio Infantry Regiment (Fullerton Rifles) and later as a hospital steward. Lunbeck (b. Ross Co., Ohio 1837) was a miller living in Chillicothe Co., Ohio and was age 24 in 1862; his parents were Isaac Lunbeck and Agnes Truslow. Papers include a regimental roster, documents pertaining to his appointment as hospital steward, and requisitions.Mahone's Brigade Commissary Documents and misc. other (MS 0235) The bulk of this collection consists of documents relating to commissary stores, provisions, and supplies handled by Major P. M. Slaughter, Brigade Commissary,  Marlin, Sidney. Letter. (MS 00070)    Online Access Letter from Sidney Marlin, a Union soldier (unit unknown), to his wife. Dated June 14, 1864 from Lexington, Virginia, where Union forces were camped during "Hunter's Raid." Marlin describes the Institute; comments on the destruction of VMI and Governor Letcher's property.Marshall, F. Lewis. Letter. (MS 0165) Online Access   One letter (October 6, 1863) confirming and giving details of the death of James K. Marshall (VMI Class of 1860; Colonel, 52nd North Carolina Infantry), who was killed in battle at Gettysburg. The letter was written to James' parents by his cousin, F. Lewis Marshall.Martin, R. Emmett. Letter. (MS 0406)  Online AccessCivil War letter from Confederate soldier R. Emmett Martin to his wife, dated 3 July 1862. Letter is headed "Battlefield" and discusses Battle of Malvern Hill (Seven Days' Battle, Peninsular Campaign). Martin writes to "inform you of my safety after the hard fought battle of the 1st inst," and discusses heavy casualties in his regiment.Massie, James W., Papers. (MS 0142) Personal papers, 1855-1879, of James W. Massie, Class of 1849 and Professor of Math. Include incoming correspondence, misc. Civil War papers (primarily orders and commissions). Massie served with the 51st Virginia Infantry, CSA.Maury, Matthew Fontaine. Papers. (MS 0103).  Online AccessPersonal correspondence (1833-1873) of Matthew Fontaine Maury (b.1806 d. 1873), oceanographer, Confederate States Navy Commander, and educator. Letters (ca. 148 items) written by MFM to various members of his family.McCoy, Andrew J., letters. (MS 0393). Online AccessCivil War correspondence of Confederate soldier Andrew J. McCoy, consisting of 3 letters (1863 October 25; 1864 Jan 16 fragment; 1864 March 11) to his sister written while he was serving with the 25th Virginia Infantry Regiment. The letter of March 11 mentions the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid.McDonald, Marshall. Papers. (MS 0169) McDonald , VMI Class of 1860, served in the Engineer Corps, CSA and after the Civil War taught Chemistry, Mineralogy, & Geology at VMI. He was the first U.S. Commissioner of Fish. The collection includes correspondence (1861-1889); notes & reports on geological & other topics.    McKay family letter.  (MS 0390)  Online AccessOne letter from Confederate soldier P. B. McKay to his wife Mary B. McKay. The letter, ca. 1862, was written from Baldwin Mississippi. McKay describes fighting near Corinth, Mississippi; hardships of war; and effort to obtain a substitute so that he can return home. McKay's unit and other biographical details are not known.Meader, Horace P., documents. (MS 0152) Two Civil War discharge documents issued to Private Horace P. Meader of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry, U.S. Army. Dated 28 Dec 1863 at St. Augustine, Florida; and 20 Jan 1866 at Richmond, Virginia; 2 documents concerning the Civil War pension given to Meader's widow.Merritt, Howard J., documents. (MS 0184) Letter from VMI's Adjutant James H. Morrison to Merritt's father, enclosing 2 orders pertaining to his son's dismissal from VMI (Cadet Merritt was dismissed for deserting his post as sentinel & breaking into a storeroom to obtain bread) and subsequent reinstatement. Letter dated Feb 25, 1865; orders dated Feb 15 & 23, 1865. Merritt was a member of the Class of 1868.Merritt, James L., letters.  (MS 0337)   Online Access   Biographical note: James Love Merritt b. 1845, VMI Class of 1867, wounded at the Battle of New Market, Civil Engineer and farmer, d. 1911. Descriptive note: 2 letters from Cadet Merritt to his father. 1863 Nov 24, discusses school expenses, mentions the Corps being called to defend against Averell's raids; reports dissatisfaction with VMI (complains of hunger, gets "beef, irish potatoes, milk" only). May 16, 1864 written on the day after the Battle of New Market. Merritt describes being wounded, action on battlefield, mentions cadets Norborne C. Lewis (Class of 1867) and John A. Crichton (Class of 1866). Letter was possibly written from the Bushong House near the battlefield.Meyer, A., letter (MS 0442) The collection consists of one letter from Confederate cavalry soldier A. (possibly Andrew) Meyer, dated October 17, 1863, written from Headquarters, Department of East Tennessee, Abingdon, Virginia. The letter is addressed to Mrs. Mary Taylor Fulton, the widow of the Reverend Creed Fulton and the mother of VMI New Market Cadet Charles M. Fulton. (VMI Class of 1867). Mrs. Fulton was living at Rich Valley, Smythe County, Virginia. The letter concerns Meyer's request to leave his horse on the Fulton farm until spring; he also briefly mentions the campaign in Tennessee.Mock, Sanford J., Confederate Bond collection. (MS 0328) A collection of over 100 bonds issued by the Confederate States of America and by individual southern states.Morgan Family Civil War Papers (MS 0356) Online Access Letters (8 items), 1862-1864, addressed to Cadet Patrick H. Morgan, Class of 1866. Those from his father (James B. Morgan of Currituck Co., NC) contain family and war news; topics include enemy raids for food and supplies, diphtheria, uncle's death in battle; hardships of war. Other letters (3 items) are from family, friends and cousin John B. Wiginton. Also includes Cadet Morgan's written excuses to the Commandant for various infractions, April - May 1863Munford, Thomas T., papers.  (MS 0158) Misc. papers of Gen. Munford, VMI Class of 1852, CSA General. Two personal letters from Munford: 1861 April 18 to Charles Ellis, discussing the outbreak of war; 1865 May 21 to Sallie Munford, expressing sadness caused by defeat. Collection also includes the architecture text used by Munford at VMI, incl. original drawings. Additional information about Munford is located in his alumni biographical file.    Myers, Derastus E. W., letter. (MS 0379).   Online AccessOne ALS, dated 11 May 1863, from Confederate soldier D.E.W. Myers to his brother and sister. The letter was written from "Camp Near Hamilton's Crossing" after the Battle of Chancellorsville; topics include death of Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Myers served as a Sergeant with the 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment.Nalle Family Letters. (MS 0223) 2 items. One letter written to Cadet Nalle (Class of 1867 & New Market cadet) by his father, Pendleton Nalle. Dated January 15, 1865, the letter urges Cadet Nalle to remain at VMI rather than join the Confederate Army. Also letter fragment from Cadet Nalle's mother, ca. 1865.New Market Collection  (MS 0002)   Includes Porter Johnson reminiscences.Norton, John T., letter.  (MS 0401)  Online AccessLetter written by Union soldier John T. Norton (Lieut., 97th Regiment New York State Volunteers) to his father, Morgan Norton of Norway, NY. The letter is dated May 23rd, 1863. Norton discusses the Battle of Chancellorsville and mentions the death of Stonewall Jackson, referring to him as "the bravest of the brave."Oakes, Benjamin F., letter.  (MS 0392)  Online Access One letter (December 13, 1864) from Union soldier Capt. Benjamin F. Oakes of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery to J. G. Richardson. The letter was written from "in the field" near Petersburg, Virginia. Oakes describes in detail the destruction of the Weldon Railroad by Union troops and the burning buildings in Sussex Courthouse, VA. Oakes was originally from Old Town, Maine and resided post-war in East Tawas, Michigan.Pendleton, Alexander S. ( Sandie ), papers.   (MS 0412)  Online AccessCivil War papers (9 items) of Sandie Pendleton, a member of Stonewall Jackson's staff. The documents consist of orders and dispatches; note to his father concerning Jackson's death, and other miscellaneous documents.Pettigrew, Albert H., document. (MS 0173) Request dated November 25, 1862 from Captain Pettigrew (VMI Class of 1864) to Gen. Robert E. Lee, asking to have Private Snow transferred to Pettigrew's Company.Phillips, James J., Collection (MS 0497) Collection includes Confederate Army Commission. Phillips served in the 9th Virginia Infantry Regiment.Pizzini, Andrew Jr., document. (MS 0109)   Online Access Class of 1865; New Market cadet. Civil War parole document dated April 18, 1865.Poague, William T., Collection. (MS 0143) Poague (VMI Treasurer & Military Storekeeper, 1884-1914) commanded the Rockbridge Artillery & Poague's Battalion during the Civil War. The collection, 1861-1911 contains the manuscript version of his Civil War memoirs, 1903 (later published as Gunner with Stonewall); misc. other documents including letters, battery rolls.Price, Berryman Z./Price's Artillery Company roster. (MS 0342)  Online AccessPrimarily account book Shenandoah Valley farmers Jacob and Berryman Price, 1845-1874. However, it includes the roster (circa 1864) of the unit known as Price's Light Artillery, commanded by Captain Berryman Zirkle Price.Radford, William N., papers (MS 0380).  Online AccessBiographical note: William Norvell Radford, b. Lynchburg, Virginia 1846; VMI Class of 1867 and New Market Cadet; farmer; died 1872, Bedford Co. William Murray Chalmers, b. 1845, Halifax Co., VA; VMI Class of 1867 and New Market Cadet; teacher; died 1895, Danville, VA. Chalmers married Radford's sister. Descriptive note: 2 items One telegram, dated May 16, 1864, sent by Cadet William N. Radford to his father after the Battle of New Market. Radford states that " I escaped unhurt in the fight yesterday...." One holograph note, May 15, 1864, from Cadet William M. Chalmers to his mother; states that he is unhurt after the battle.Reid, James Henry. Papers. (MS 0222).   Online Access Correspondence of James Henry Reid, Class of 1866. 13 letters written to parents while a Rat at VMI (Aug-Nov 1862), containing references to cadet life, hazing, uniforms, food, guard duty, etc. 1 letter (1864 march 7) written while serving with the 13th Virginia Artillery Regiment.Rinker, Michael F., letter (MS 0381).  Online AccessALS, May 17, 1864, from Confederate soldier Michael F. Rinker (Private, Company F, 136th Regiment, Virginia Militia) to his parents. Written from camp near Spotsylvania Courthouse; discusses battle at Spotsylvania, emphasizing enemy causalities; mentions Battle of New Market (Virginia).Roller, John E., papers. (MS 0171).  Online Access Selected ItemsRoller was a member of the VMI Class of 1863 and a CSA officer. Papers include personal correspondence; scrapbook of Civil War clippings; 19 Civil War dispatches, including document signed by Gen. Robert E. Lee; letters concerning cadet life at VMI, 1862-1864; misc. VMI-related items.Royster, Lawrence. Civil War Parole Document.   (MS 0069)  Online AccessBiographical note: b. 1841, New Kent Co., Virginia; Honorary graduate, VMI Class of 1866; New Market Cadet; farmer, accountant, Court Clerk; d. 1914, Richmond, Virginia. Descriptive note: 1 item. Parole granted to Lawrence Royster after surrender of the Confederacy, dated May 16, 1865. The document gives him "permission to go to his home in Richmond, VA."Rutherfoord, Thomas M., papers. (MS 0179) Rutherfoord was a member of the VMI Class of 1867, New Market Cadet, & CSA veteran. Misc. papers include paroled prisoner's pass, dated 1865 April 10 from Appomattox Court House; misc. incoming letter & other documents (1906-1911), mostly concerned with Confederate veterans' activities.Rutherford, Robert H., collection  (MS 0389)Biographical note:   Robert Henderson Rutherford, b. 1844 Cumberland Co., Virginia; VMI Class of 1865; Private, 3rd Virginia Cavalry Regiment, CSA; died of illness contracted in army, Jan. 1863. Descriptive note: The collection consists of 2 items: One letter (February 14th, 1862) from Cadet Robert H. Rutherford to his cousin Louisa Henderson Perkins, in which he describes life at VMI and mentions Valentine's Day; and Rutherford's prayer book.Scofield, Uri B., Diary  (MS 0429)Three volume Civil War era diary of Union soldier Private Uri B. Scofield of Killingly, CT (b. 1826 d. 1894), who served with the 18th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The diary entries are not detailed, although some information about regimental activities is provided. Volume 1 (1864) includes the unit's march through the Shenandoah Valley and mentions the burning of the Virginia Military Institute in June 1864.Shields, John H., letters. (MS 0045). Letters (3 items) written by Cadet 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, letter of March 24 mentions faculty member Thomas H. Williamson going to Panther's Gap to "survey the land, and to make arrangements for throwing up fortifications and breastworks"; and discusses how the cadets coped with the rationing of food. Misc. unrelated document: field dispatch, July 31, 1862, from A.P. Mason to Brig. Gen. Charles S. Winder mentioning Gen. Robert E. Lee.Shriver Family Letter. (MS 0174) One letter (1861 December 23) from John Brannon (Board of Visitors, 1861-1864) to the father of Samuel Shriver (Class of 1864 & New Market cadet). Brannon informs Mr. Shriver of Samuel's appointment to VMI.Smith, Edward H., autograph album. (MS 0313) Autograph book (ca. 3" x 4.75", yellow paper cover, spine missing) compiled by New Market Cadet Edward Harvie Smith, Jr., VMI Class of 1865. Contains signed inscriptions by 19 fellow New Market Cadets.Smith, Francis Lee Family. Documents. (MS 0180) Includes items re: Francis L. Smith, Jr., of the VMI Class of 1867 & a New Market cadet. Misc. papers, incl. oath of allegiance verification (1865); letter from VMI Treasurer R.H. Campbell with enclosure (1867); telegram (1887).Snodgrass John B., letters. (MS 0072) Online AccessBiographical note: b. 1843, Berkeley County, West Virginia; non graduate, VMI Class of 1864; physician; d. 1908, Martinsburg, WVA. Descriptive note: 8 letters and 1 letter fragment from Cadet Snodgrass to his sister Kate. All dated 1862 and written from VMI. Primary topic is the war and its effect on his family; occasional references to VMI. Mentions that Corps of Cadets has been ordered to aid General Jackson (see April 19, May 1, May 18); says he is "anxious to get a shot at the enemy."Stegman, George H., collection  (MS 0275)A collection of approximately 1000 engravings and mounted photographs, collected by George H. Stegman, which depict various aspects of American military and political history. Subjects include Confederate and Union officers; battles; prisons & other buildings; Presidents and statesmen; Revolutionary and Mexican War officers; bridges.Stevenson, Thomas A., papers. (MS 0175)   Online Access5 items, 1860-1862. Three letters from Cadet Stevenson (VMI Class of 1864) to his sister, in which he discusses the possibility of war, activities at VMI after announcement of secession; visitor's pass for Maria Stevenson; letter introducing Cadet Stevenson to Major Taylor.Stanard, Jaqueline Beverly. Papers.   (MS 0083). Online AccessBiographical note: b.1845, Orange County, Virginia; Bev entered VMI in January 1863 as a member of the Class of 1867; killed at the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864, while serving as a Cadet Private, Co. B. Descriptive note: Collection (ca. 20 items) includes letters from Cadet Stanard to his family (1863-1864); telegram concerning Stanard's body; letters from his brother Robert to their mother (1865); 2 essays written at VMI. Many of these letters, as well as material from other sources, appear in the book Letters of a New Market cadet, edited by John G. Barrett and Robert K. Turner, Jr. (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1961).  Stuart, William Dabney. Papers. (MS 0108) Online AccessBiographical note: William Dabney Stuart, b. 1830, Staunton, Virginia; graduate, Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1850; Colonel, 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; mortally wounded at Gettysburg; died in a hospital in Staunton on July 29, 1863.Descriptive note: Civil War papers (ca. 60 items), 1861-1863, of Col. William Dabney Stuart. Collection consists primarily of correspondence to and from various officers; morning and guard reports; orders; and invoices and receipts documenting his brief service with the 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment and his command of the 56th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Misc. other items include letters of recommendation for United States Army Commission, 1850; letter from Gabriel Jordan, Jr. (Class of 1850) to Stuart, Nov. 1854; and misc. printed material.Taylor, Walter H., documents. (MS 0480) Walter Herron Taylor graduated from VMI in 1857 and served as Gen. Robert E. Lee's Adjutant General during the Civil War. The collection contains three Civil War documents relating to Col. Walter H. Taylor's Confederate Army Service.  1. Letter from Taylor to "Lucien" (surname not known), dated 24 October 1864. Taylor declines his friend's invitation to his wedding, stating that his service as Gen. Robert E. Lee's Adjutant General prevents him from taking any leave. 2.Order, HQ Army of Northern Virginia, 23 August 1864. Signed by Taylor, regarding furloughs. 3. Dispatch from Briscoe Baldwin to Taylor, regarding an officer's assignment, dated February 28, 1865.Terrill, James B., letter. (MS 0161)   Online Access  The collection consists of one letter (April 5, 1861) from James B. Terrill (VMI Class of 1858; CSA General) to Gov. Letcher. Terrill offers to serve as an officer in the Virginia Volunteers and gives a brief account of his previous military experience.Thomas, Thornton. Document  (MS 0384)  Online AccessConfederate States of America receipt for purchase of $1000 in bonds, issued to Thornton Thomas. The document is dated March 31, 1864, Harrisonburg, Virginia.Thomson, James W., Papers  (MS 0239)James Walton Thomson b. 1843, Summit Point, WV; VMI Class of 1864; Major, Horse Artillery, CSA; killed in battle near High Bridge, VA, 1865 April.  Descriptive note:  13 letters, dated 1860, written by the family and friends of James W. Thomson. The letters were received by Thomson while he was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute and contain family and personal news. Correspondents include Thomson's mother, grandmother, brother, sister and cousin. One letter, dated September 10, 1861, is from Col. John Pelham who discusses an army appointment for Thomson.Tredway, Thomas B., letter. (MS 0176) One letter from Cadet Tredway to his father, dated February 17, 1862. He discusses the daily routine at VMI and mentions that the cadets have offered their services to Gov. Letcher. Tredway was later killed at Gettysburg while serving with the 53rd Virginia Infantry.Trimble, Isaac R., letters. (MS 0400)Two letters (1862 and 1870) written by Confederate Brigadier General Isaac R. Trimble. The first, dated July 24, 1862 and addressed to "Genl." (possibly to Stonewall Jackson), reports that he has occupied Manassas, captured guns and stores, and taken prisoners. The second item, dated October 1870, declines an invitation to a fair.Triplett, John R., letter. (MS 0367) Biographical note: b. 1845, Richmond, Virginia; member VMI Class of 1866; New Market cadet; resigned cadetship on Feb. 1, 1865 to enter Confederate Army; after war worked in iron industry; d. 1882. Descriptive note: one letter from Cadet Triplett to his cousin, dated October 11, 1863. Discusses difficulty of having new shoes made because of the scarcity of leather.Tunstall, John L., papers (MS 0181) Miscellaneous personal papers (5 items) of Cadet John L. Tunstall. Includes one letter from Cadet Tunstall to his mother, in which he describes the ceremonies marking the second anniversary of the Battle of New Market (including the reinterment of 5 of the cadets killed at New Market), recalls the horror of the war, and mentions visit of Robert E. Lee to Stonewall Jackson's gravesite; 2 notebooks containing VMI class notes (Engineering); one photograph album, containing ca. 33 images of classmates, family and others; and one book from his personal library, "The Sociable Story Teller."Turner, Charles W., letter. (MS 0182) One letter (1865 March 28) from Turner (VMI Class of 1867 & New Market cadet) to Major Garnett Andrews, requesting a promotion in Andrews' battalion.Veitch, Wilberforce. Document. (MS 00041) Leave of absence document issued to Cadet Wilberforce Veitch (VMI Class of 1867). Issued from VMI's temporary headquarters at the Alms House in Richmond, Virginia on April 3, 1865, when the Corps was disbanded during the evacuation of the city.VMI Civil War Military Training Advertisement.  (MS 0178) Online AccessCivil War era VMI circular, printed in May 1861, sent to prospective cadets who wanted to enroll solely for the purpose of military training.Wade, Thomas M., Letters.  (MS 0474) Online AccessThomas morrell Wade, Jr. served in the 1st Rockbridge Artillery. The collection consists of 3 Civil War era letters from Wade to his sister Lou, dated 1862-1863 while he was serving in the Confederate Army.  Topics include daily camp life; personal news; and  brief references to Stonewall Jackson and the battle at Sharpsburg.Watson, William G. Memoirs. (MS 0037)  Online AccessCivil War memoirs of a Union (Ohio) soldier who served during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, May-June 1864. Mentions burning of the Virginia Military Institute by Gen. David Hunter's troops; recounts his regiment's retreat from Lynchburg to Charleston.Weisiger, Oscar F., Letter.  (MS 0285) Online AccessOne Civil War era manuscript letter (dated Richmond, VA; May 29, 1865) from O. F. Weisiger to Q. M. Ward of Big Lick, Roanoke Co. Virginia. Weisiger discusses in detail the events he witnessed during the evacuation and burning of Richmond in early April and its subsequent occupation by Union troops.Welsh, John P., letter. (MS 0344) ALS, May 12, 1863, written by Confederate soldier John P. Welsh to his wife and mother. Welsh, a staff officer, was in camp near Hamilton's Crossing after the Battle of Chancellorsville. Mentions death of Stonewall Jackson.White, Thomas W., document. (MS #183) Commission document appointing White (Class of 1867 & New Market cadet) a Second Lieutenant in the Abingdon Virginia Militia, dated 1863 June 27. Signed by Governor John Letcher.Williams, William P., collection  (MS 0382) Online AccessBiographical note:   William Patterson Williams, b. 1834, d. 1919. Confederate soldier who served with the 51st Virginia Infantry Regiment.  Descriptive note:   Miscellaneous items (3) pertaining to the life of Confederate soldier William P. Williams. The collection consists of an oath of allegiance document, 1865; a photograph of Williams taken ca. 1880's; and the newspaper account of his death, 1919.Williamson family letter.   (MS 0405).Early Civil War letter written by Confederate soldier [I or G] D. Williamson of Rockingham County, Virginia, to his wife. The letter is dated July 20, 1861 and was written from "Fair grounds, Winchester, VA." Williamson mentions the ongoing battle at Manassas and report s that "we are victorious so far;" he discusses the importance of the battle ("It is the pivot on which our struggle is to turn"); he expresses concern that McClellan's troops may enter Rockingham County and instructs her "if anything of that sort should happen Uncle must drive all our stock away and not be caught as were many of the farmers in Berkeley, who lost every thing, stock, negroes and all." Williamson's biographical and unit information were not known at time of cataloging.Williamson, Thomas H., Papers. (MS 0105) Online AccessMy Service with Stonewall Jackson. Thomas Hoomes Williamson (1813-1888), served as Professor of Engineering and Drawing at VMI for 47 years. In April 1862, Maj. Gen. Stonewall Jackson requested that Williamson be temporarily released from his duties at the Institute and assigned to Jackson's command. Many years after the war (ca. 1883), Williamson wrote this account of his time with Jackson.Williamson, William G., papers. (MS 0205)  Online AccessWilliamson was a member of the VMI Class of 1864MS & served as Captain, Co. A, 1st Confederate States Engineers. Bulk consists of his Civil War reports (1862-1863) detailing Confederate Army service; also includes undated notes on drawing, engineering; Williamson Family genealogy.Wilson, Harry L., collection  (MS 0351)A collection of manuscripts, 9 items, principally autograph letters of Civil War notables dating 1858-1906. The collection was compiled by Harry L. Wilson, Jr. and donated to the Virginia Military Institute Archives. Items include a dispatch, 1862 April 28, from Stonewall Jackson to Gen. Ewell, requesting Ewell's presence. Other signed documents are in the hand of Robert E. Lee (1858), James Longstreet (1893), Jeb Stuart (1863), Mrs. Jeb Stuart (1886), Wade Hampton (1889), and John Mosby (undated), and Henry "Light horse Harry" Lee (1794). Also one photocopied letter from Mosby to James Keith, 1906.Wilson, N. Claiborne & related family papers.  (MS 0490) Online Access (selected items)The collection consists of the Civil War papers of Nathaniel Claiborne Wilson (VMI Class of 1861) and misc. papers of other family members.  Of the N. C. Wilson portion of the collection, the most significant item is a diary-account book fragment which includes entries (July 25th-July 3, the day of his death) from Pennsylvania and the battlefield at Gettysburg.Wingfield, Samuel G., notebook. (MS 0137)Notebook, 1864-1865, of Cadet Wingfield, VMI Class of 1867 and New Market Cadet. Contains brief inscriptions written by classmates; short play or skit, probably original.Witt, James E., letter. (MS 0477) 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 numbers of cadets, all trying to join the army.Yarbrough, William T., letters.  MS 0421The collection consists of five letters documenting Civil War cadet life (October 1863-May 1864), written by Cadet William T. Yarbrough, VMI Class of 1867. Yarbrough was a member of the New Market Corps who did not take part in the battle due to ill health (he was left at VMI with the guard detail). The letters, addressed to his parents, include references to academics, uniforms, flirting with local girls, and family concerns. The letter dated May 18, 1864 briefly mentions the fact that the Corps had engaged in Battle at New Market, but does not contain substantive information about the battle. Biographical note: after leaving VMI Yarbough was in the tobacco business in Richmond, Virginia. He died in 1895 and is buried in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond.MiscellaneousCivil War Miscellany (MS 0079)A small collection of miscellaneous Civil War/Confederacy-related items, including autographs, souvenirs, postcards, printed materials.Stamps and covers collection  (MS 0286)A collection, approximately 30 items, of stamps and envelopes donated to VMI by various individuals. Includes examples of Civil War covers and postage stampsMcCormack, Rodney. Collection. (MS 0503) McCormack (Class of 1957) was a collector who acquired ephemera, misc. documents etc. This collection contains a few misc. Civil War era documents, including 2 items signed by Union Gen. Franz Sigel; receipt (Legh W. Reid, Class of 1858); G. Julian Pratt (Class of 1864MS); leave request (Huffman, 30th Virginia Battalion); document (Dunbar, 29th Regt. Indiana Volunteers); VMI cadet invitation to Rockbridge Rifles.  1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM10/19/2015 4:28:59 PM7/16/2007 1:17:45 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobCivil War Manuscripts438A10330False010/19/2015 04:28:59 PM7/16/2007 01:17:45 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Civil_War_Manuscripts/10737420434106couperthumbnail/assets/0/430/438/3253/1d3417e5-d6cc-4591-af1c-b72837f5f468.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM1/10/2012 3:56:00 PM1/10/2012 3:55:54 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobcouperthumbnail3253A10331d3417e5-d6cc-4591-af1c-b72837f5f468 03:56:00 PM1/10/2012 03:55:54 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png photograph/assets/0/430/438/969/ac0c5528-b39c-475f-b601-32540d9ef0f6.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM10/10/2007 4:10:41 PM10/10/2007 4:09:41 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobDavis photograph969A1033AC0C5528-B39C-475F-B601-32540D9EF0F6 04:10:41 PM10/10/2007 04:09:41 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png Exhibit: John Lee Couper World War II Photos/Archives/Manuscripts/00486CouperJL/Digital_Exhibit__John_Lee_Couper_World_War_II_Photos/World War II Photos U. S. Army Medical Corps in EuropeDr. John L. Couper Album Digital Exhibit Couper Papers Top Level John Lee Couper, M.D. graduated from VMI in 1937 and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia.U. S. Army Medical Corps in EuropeDr. John L. Couper Album Digital ExhibitCouper Papers Top Level  John Lee Couper, M.D. graduated from VMI in 1937 and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps from 1941-1946, spending four years overseas with the St. Luke's Unit (Second Evacuation Hospital). He served in Great Britain and five campaigns in northern Europe with Fifth Corps, First Army. This album documents his unit's work and includes views of many Medical Corps personnel and facilities.   1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM5/8/2013 8:37:20 AM8/4/2011 1:42:46 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobDigital Exhibit: John Lee Couper World War II Photos3253A10330False05/8/2013 08:37:20 AM8/4/2011 01:42:46 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/00486CouperJL/Digital_Exhibit__John_Lee_Couper_World_War_II_Photos/6185106ExhibitTitle/assets/0/430/438/961/c80bd7e2-3f15-430b-9652-3774c3ddc43c.gif1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:28:50 PM8/2/2007 1:28:49 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobExhibitTitle961A1033C80BD7E2-3F15-430B-9652-3774C3DDC43C 01:28:50 PM8/2/2007 01:28:49 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:28:57 PM8/2/2007 1:28:56 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobExhibitTitle2961A1033C7EF4114-19BE-4EA4-9307-4DAACC8FEFA9 01:28:57 PM8/2/2007 01:28:56 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png & Alumni Papers/Archives/Manuscripts/Faculty___Alumni_Papers/Faculty & Alumni PapersLetters, Diaries, Manuscripts.Faculty, Alumni, & Related Papers About this list:  This list is made available for researchers who want to quickly browse manuscripts relating to the Faculty, Alumni, and related topics. This list excludes those papers that best fit in more specialized sections of the guide, e.g. Civil War, Military History or Cadet Life/VMI History.   For in-depth information about these and all manuscript holdings, please consult the VMI Archives Catalog . The catalog contains detailed descriptive records and links to online access when available, and is the best tool for searching our manuscripts holdings.  Collections which are available online are designated in this list with Online AccessOther Sections of the Guide:  Letters, Diaries, & Manuscripts Home Addison, William M.  Papers. (MS #060)Biographical note: b. 1898 Ashland, Virginia; VMI Class of 1919; served as an Army chaplain in Germany following World War II; businessman; d. 1986. Collection description: Papers, 1928-1946, concerning William M. Addison's activities as civilian and U.S. Army Chaplain representing the Christian Science faith. Includes correspondence with individuals at the London branch of "Christian Science Wartime Activities of the Mother Church"; sermons and prayers; monthly reports; miscellaneous documents. .25 cubic feet.Anderson, Jr., Joseph Reid. Papers. (MS #043)Anderson, b. 1851 Richmond, Virginia; graduate VMI, Class of 1870; lifelong association with VMI as faculty member, Alumni Association President, and official "historiographer"; iron manufacturer; farmer at Lee, Goochland County, Va. d. 1930. The papers (ca. 1 cf), consist of drafts and related correspondence for a three part, largely unpublished work entitled "A Complete History of the Virginia Military Institute, 1839-1924." One part was eventually published as "VMI in the World War." Also included are misc. VMI-related notes and papers. Related collections: See individual alumni files for Anderson's extensive notes and correspondence concerning former cadets.Anderson. Stewart W., Papers. (MS #0127)Biographical note: Stewart Wise Anderson, b. 1886, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1908; educator; VMI faculty member (1911-1957) and Dean of the Faculty 1941-1955; d. 1970, Lexington, VA. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (14 items) of Stewart W. Anderson, consisting of commissions & certificates awarded during his long career.Anjier, Jr., Louis J., Collection. (MS#0438)Miscellaneous papers, 1961-1981, primarily citations and certificates from his United States Army career. Anjier graduated from VMI in 1961.Bailey, Roy C. Collection. (MS #0365)Biographical note:Roy C. Bailey, Jr., b. 1939, Asheville, North Carolina; VMI Class of 1961; U.S. Air Force Officer.Descriptive note:Ca. 15 items, primarily commendations and certificates dating from LTC Bailey's Air Force career.Barton, George L., Papers (MS #0352)George Lloyd Barton (1891-1984) was a Professor of Latin, History, and French at the Virginia Military Institute from 1917-1935. He later served as Headmaster of the Virginia Episcopal School (1943-1957). The collection consists of his diaries for the period 1909-1936; 1 volume of lecture notes (1933-1935) used for a history course at VMI; and a photograph album (1917-1927) containing images of cadet life, VMI buildings, and family members.Bowering, Benjamin. Collection (MS 0122)  Online AccessBiographical note: Benjamin Bowering, b. 1894, Fredericksburg, VA; VMI Class of 1915; Assistant Professor VMI, 1916-1917; author of the official VMI song, "The VMI Spirit"; army officer 1917-1944; d. 1952, Fredericksburg.Descriptive note: Collection consists of the original manuscript score of the "VMI Spirit", written by Benjamin Bowering while he was an Assistant Professor at VMI in 1916. The manuscript is 10.5 in. x 12.5 in., with composition in pencil and annotations by the composer. The collection also includes one typescript letter (March 16, 1935) from Bowering to VMI's Librarian Nellie Gibbs, in which he explains the history of the song.Boykin, Maury W., Papers (MS #00449)Maury W. Boykin (b. 1893 d. 1984) graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1917. He was most widely known for his visionary construction plan for the Hampton Roads Tunnel (Virginia). He designed the first tunnel plan in 1923 and, although the tunnel was not actually constructed until the 1950's, much of the modern design paralleled Boykin's original plan. The collection consists primarily of Boykins's personal papers, clippings, and other items relating to his 1923 tunnel plan. Also included is his U. S. Navy commission, dated 1917.Brand, Cabell. Papers(MS #0462)E. Cabell Brand (VMI Class of 1944) is a noted philanthropist and entrepreneur who is particularly interested in Civil Rights and poverty issues. He has been instrumental in funding projects which honor Jonathan Daniels, the 1961 VMI graduate and Civil Rights worker who was killed in Alabama in 1965. The papers contain correspondence, clippings, video and other media, and printed matter relating to Brand's interest in Daniels. The papers also include a file on the Cabell-Breckinridge Brass Band at VMI; certificates of recognition; and misc. other documents.Bransford, John F.,  papers(MS #0278)Biographical note: John Francis Bransford b. 1846, Chesterfield Co., VA; VMI Class of 1867 and New Market cadet; Surgeon, U.S. Navy, 1872-1901; d. 1911, near Bon Air, VA.Descriptive note:Miscellaneous. papers from the career of John F. Bransford. The papers include correspondence, 1889-1916 (6 items); articles re: Central American research; medical school diploma & various certificates; and paroled prisoner's pass (April 10, 1865).Brook, George M., collection. (MS #0225)Biographical note: George M. Brooke, Jr., b. 1914 at the American Embassy in Tokyo; VMI Class of 1936; VMI Faculty member (Department of History), 1942-1980.Descriptive note:Author's copy of the galley proofs for the book, John M. Brooke, Naval Scientist and Educator, by George M. Brook, Jr. The book was published by the University Press of Virginia in 1980.Brother Rat Collection. (MS#005)Photographs, playbills, clippings and other items documenting the stage and film versions of Brother Rat by Fred F. Finklehoffe and John Monks, Jr. Set at the Virginia Military Institute, from which the authors graduated in 1932, the play was a Broadway hit in 1936. The film was produced for Warner Brothers Studios in 1938.Collection dates/size: bulk 1934-1939; .5 linear feetBunting III, Josiah. Collection. (MS #5001)Josiah Bunting III, b. Philadelphia, 1939; graduate VMI, Class of 1963; Rhodes Scholar; army officer, 1966-1972; educator, author, college president. Collection consists of materials relating to the publication of several of Bunting's novels and articles. Includes typescript and galley proofs for A Ceremony of Lessons (1974); typescript with author's corrections for The Lionheads (1972); drafts and typescripts for articles "Missing in Action" and "West Point Counterpoint."Burger, Ammen L., Papers (MS #0485)The papers consist of the personal correspondence and miscellaneous records (1917-1960) of Ammen L. Burger, Jr., VMI Class of 1938.Burgess, Chester F., Collection (MS #0339)Chester F. Burgess was a Professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute from 1962-1988. The collection consists of edited manuscripts of three of his publications: The Letters of John Gay; The Beggar's Opera and Companion Pieces; and The Fellowship of the Craft.Carson, Charles H., Collection. (MS #047).Carson, b. 1894, Abingdon, Virginia; graduated VMI, Class of 1915; army officer, World War I; journalist; d. 1950, Lexington, Va. Description--Collection (ca. 20 cf) of historic newspapers (individual issues), misc.manuscripts, & ephemera, compiled and indexed by Carson. The items cover numerous unrelated topics, although many of the newspapers date from the Civil War. The collection was presented to VMI as the "Carson Historical Papers" in 1941 as a memorial to Lt. Col. Robert P. Carson, VMI Class of 1854. Finding aid available.Chase, Gilbert P.  Papers. (MS #088)Biographical note: b. 1873, Virginia; VMI Class of 1894 (non-graduate); Graduate, Naval Academy; Officer, U.S. Navy, 1893-1920; died 1952. Descriptive note: Commission documents, certificates and diplomas awarded to Gilbert P. Chase. 13 items, dated 1890-1925.Clark, Harold P.  collection (MS #0343)Miscellaneous papers (9 items) dating from the World War II army service of Harold P. Clark, VMI Class of 1941. Included are two personal letters (1946) from Gen. Withers A. Burress to Clark, and 7 snapshots of Clark and other army officers.Clinedinst, Benjamin West. Papers (MS #0242)Biographical note: Benjamin West Clinedinst, b. 1859, Woodstock, VA; VMI Class of 1880; artist; d. 1931, Pawling, NY. Descriptive note:Correspondence, 1905-1931, between artist Benjamin West Clinedinst and various members of the Virginia Military Institute administration and Alumni Association. Much of it concerns Clinedinst's New Market Battle painting, which was unveiled at VMI in 1914 and hangs in VMI's Jackson Memorial Hall. The papers also include a subject file concerning the artist's painting of post-Civil War VMI faculty.Colston, Raleigh E., Papers (MS #0386)Biographical note: Brigadier General, CSA. Descriptive note: The collection consists of two items. One letter of recommendation (ALS, July 7, 1866) written by General Robert E. Lee on behalf of General Colston. One volume, ca. 100 pages, "Report on the Northern and Central Kordofan," (Cairo: Printing Office of the General Staff, 1878); attached to this book are photographs of Colston wearing his Egyptian Army uniform, ca. 1878, and of Major H. G. Prout, Col. Egyptian Army; and miscellaneous other reports, 1875-1876.Couper, John L., papers  (MS #0486). Details and selected excerpts  Although primarily documenting his World War II service, the papers also include material relating to various Class of 1937 reunions.Couper, William. Papers. (MS #053)Col. William Couper b. 1884, Norfolk, Virginia; graduate Virginia Military Institute (Class of 1904); army officer, 1917-1920; engineer; Business Executive VMI, 1925-1954; VMI Historiographer, 1934-1954; retired VMI 1954; d. 1964, Lexington, Va. Papers (ca. 13 cubic feet) consist largely of manuscripts and notes relating to Couper's numerous research projects. Included are proofs, corrected mss., and notes concerning his publications One Hundred Years at VMI,History of the Shenandoah Valley,VMI New Market Cadets, and Claudius Crozet; "Stonewall Jackson Day by Day;" extensive notes concerning Lexington and Rockbridge County history and property; Stonewall Jackson Cemetery register and notes; subject files including material on the VMI Class of 1904 and Fort Jackson, South Carolina (where Couper was appointed construction officer in 1917); maps and other oversized items; photograph albums; speeches and lectures; misc. correspondence. Also notes about William H. Richardson, VMI Board of Visitors, 1841-1876; Adjutant General of Virginia, 1841-1876, whose letters to Francis H. Smith, Couper transcribed. Couper Family Papers, including additional William Couper material, are located in the collection of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.Crozet, Claudius. Papers. (MS 0059).  Online Access  (Jefferson letters and selected other documents)Biographical Note: b. 1789, France; educated Ecole Polytechnique in Paris; army officer; came to U.S. in 1816; engineer; President, 1st VMI Board of Visitors; d. 1864, Richmond, VA. Descriptive Note: Ca. 30 items, bulk documenting Crozet's life prior to his move to the United States in 1816. Most items are written in French. Includes letters and military orders (1812-1815); discourses on linguistics and grammar; papers pertaining to marriage and family. In addition, there are two letters from Thomas Jefferson to Crozet, both dated 1821. Letter of March 31 is Jefferson's reply to Crozet's inquiry about a teaching position; ltr of Nov. 23 acknowledges receipt of Crozet's book & includes comments on scientific advancements.Davidson, Lloyd J. Papers (MS #0268)Biographical note: Lloyd J. Davidson, b. 1911; Virginia Military Institute faculty member (1955-1976) and Dean of the Faculty (1955-1965); d. 1990.Descriptive note:Papers of Lloyd J. Davidson, consisting of miscellaneous personal correspondence; examination questions and assignment sheets for his English classes at the Virginia Military Institute; copies of speeches presented to the Lexington (Virginia) Fortnightly Club; biographical information.deButts, John D., Collection (MS #0297)Biographical note: John Dulany deButts, b.1915, Greensboro, NC; VMI Class of 1936; Chairman of the Board, AT&T; d. 1986, Winchester, VA. Descriptive note:The collection (approximately 3.5 linear feet) consists primarily of certificates, honorary degrees, and miscellaneous awards given to Mr. deButts during his business career, most dating date from the 1960's-1985. The collection also includes 19 volumes of deButts' speeches, 1972-1978. Medals, plaques, & other related to these papers are located in the VMI Museum.Deyerle, Charles P. ,  Papers.(MS #0191)Biographical note: b. 1820, Roanoke Co., VA; d. 1853, California; buried Salem, VA; Parents-Joseph Deyerle and Anne Crawford; graduate, VMI Class of 1842; Mexican War--Assistant Surgeon; died while in U.S. Army; physician; never married. Descriptive note: Papers including letter of recommendation (1846 April 3), signed by the medical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania; notebook, containing notes from South America, beginning 1849 March 1, Rio de Janiero; notebook, containing notes from medical school lectures, 1844-1845; pencil sketch of VMI in 1842 by Cadet Deyerle (earliest extant drawing of the Institute); misc. other items.Dooley, Edwin L. Jr. Collection. (MS #0295)A collection of research materials compiled by historian Edwin L. Dooley Jr. The bulk concerns the history of the Ecole Polytechnique and includes transcriptions of minutes of the "Council of Instruction and Administration of the Ecole Polytechnique" [Governing Board], 1794-1799; related research files; biographical information about individuals connected with the school; and copies of manuscripts. The collection also contains material concerning Claudius Crozet, including information about his birthplace.Earle, Robert A.  Papers (MS #0315)Biographical note: Robert August Earle, b. 1906, Montclair, NJ; VMI Class of 1927; Marine Corps officers, World War II; Capt., U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; d. 1991, Williamsburg, VA.Descriptive note: Robert A. Earle papers, approximately 100 items, 1923-1964. Include VMI scrapbook (1923-1927), photos from service in the Marine Corps during World War II (Pacific Theater), misc. papers and photos dating from Earle's 37 year career with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and misc. military papers.Edwards, Murray French. Diary. (MS #038)Murray French Edwards (Class of 1907) was a Professor of German at VMI for most of his career. Collection consists of travel diary, ca. 53 pages, describing Edwards' trip to Germany. Entries, all in German, are dated June 24 - August 8, 1913. Discusses cities visited, hotels, expenses, museums and other tourist attractions.Ellzey, Mason G., Collection. (MS#0164).Biographical note:Mason Graham Ellzey, b. 1838 Loudoun Co., Virginia; VMI Class of 1860; Major and Surgeon, Confederate Army; physician; d. 1915, Richmond, VA.Descriptive note:17 letters of recommendation written on behalf of Mason G. Ellzey, including 7 letters (1867) recommending him for a position at the University of Virginia; and 10 letters (1872-1873) recommending him for a position at the Virginia Agricultural & Mechanical College at Blacksburg (now Virginia Tech).Ezekiel, Moses Jacob. Papers. (MS #010)Miscellaneous papers of noted 19th century sculptor Moses J. Ezekiel (b. 1844 d. 1917), a member of the Class of 1866 and New Market cadet. Consist of correspondence, (ca. 35 items); pen and ink sketches (ca. 67 items); and misc. family papers. The VMI Archives also holds a related photograph collection (photograph coll. #3586) containing images of Ezekiel, his studio, and various sculptures.Ferebee, J. Smith. Papers (MS #0318)Biographical note: James Smith Ferebee, b. 1906, Virginia Beach, VA; VMI Class of 1927; sportsman (golf & skeet) and insurance executive; member Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; d. 1988.Descriptive note: The papers (approximately 6 linear feet) document the career of sportsman and businessman J. Smith Ferebee, VMI Class of 1927. Included are clippings, photographs, printed material, and correspondence, 1923-1990, that document Ferebee's widely publicized golf marathons (1938) and other sports interests, and his career with the Equitable insurance company. The collection also includes one photograph album dating from Ferebee's VMI cadetship and miscellaneous personal correspondence.Finklehoffe, Fred F. Collection (MS #0230)Biographical note: Fred Franklin Finklehoffe b, 1910, Springfield, MA; VMI Class of 1932; co-author, with John Monks, Jr., of "Brother Rat;" producer and writer; d. 1977, Springfield. Descriptive note:The Fred F. Finklehoffe collection contains the manuscript of an early version of the play Brother Rat, ("When the Roll is Called"), which was submitted to VMI Professor of English Raymond E. Dixon by Finklehoffe and John Monks, Jr. The collection also includes screenplays, clippings, and scrapbooks from Mr. Finklehoffe's cadetship and career.Foresman, Henry J. Papers (MS #00451)Henry J. Foresman (b. 1919 d. 2000), attorney, was a member of the VMI Class of 1941. During World War II he served in the Pacific Theater with the 121st Field Artillery Battalion of the 32nd (Red Arrow) Infantry Division. He was graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1948 and spent his career practicing law in Buena Vista and Lexington, Virginia. The papers consist primarily of Foresman's World War II service records; extensive information regarding Foresman and Joyce family genealogy (his maternal ancestors), including Daughters of the American Revolution application material that traces his maternal ancestry to Revolutionary War soldier Dominicus Libby; biographical information; and miscellaneous items.Garrow, Harris W.,  Letters. (MS#0151)Biographical note:Harris Walker Garrow, b. 1846, Mobile, Alabama; VMI Class of 1865 and New Market cadet; cotton merchant; d. 1916, Houston, Texas.Descriptive note:Correspondence (2 items) of Harris W. Garrow. Letter, June 9, 1904, from Rose Pendleton to Garrow, in which Pendleton thanks Garrow for his contribution to the hospital fund. Letter, Dec. 2, 1916, from Garrow to A.B. Thorburn of Liverpool, England, in which Garrow mentions the New Market Medal.Gibbs, Edwin A. , papers (MS #0273)Biographical note: Edwin Augustus Gibbs b. 1857, Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1877; physician; d. 1898, Washington DC. Descriptive note:Miscellaneous items pertaining to the medical career of Edwin A. Gibbs. The papers include student's tickets for admission to classes held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore; tickets for post-graduate classes; a resolution of sympathy from colleagues following Gibbs' death (1898).Gibbs, Nellie Tracy, collection. (MS #0126)Biographical note: Nellie Tracy Gibbs, b. 1868, Lexington, Virginia; VMI Librarian, 1908-1931; d. 1948, Lexington. Descriptive note:Fragment of a scrapbook compiled by Nellie T. Gibbs, VMI Librarian from 1908-1931. Collection also contains postcards and miscellaneous correspondence.Gibson, Mennis L. ,  papers (MS #0347)Biographical note: Mennis Lawson Gibson, b. 1899, Paris, VA; VMI Class of 1921; businessman; d. 1973, Fredericksburg, VA.Descriptive note: The collection consists of 2 documents concerning Gibson's enlistment in and discharge from the Army Air Corps during World War I: War department document in reference to a physical examination, Nov. 1918; and discharge notice, Dec. 1918.Gilham, William. Papers (MS #0267)Biographical note: William Gilham, b. 1818 Vincennes, IN; United States Military Academy Class of 1840; U.S. Army officer; Virginia Military Institute faculty member, 1846-1864; d. 1872, Vermont.Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers of 19th century VMI faculty member William Gilham, including Gilham's letters of application and recommendation for a Professorship at VMI; class report; a military order signed by Gen. Robert E. Lee; letter from Moses Ezekiel ; photographs (subjects are Gen. Lee; Gilham and his wife; Libby Prison; Richmond during the Civil War); and other documents.Goodwyn Family Papers (MS #0453)The collection is comprised of the papers (approx. 50 items) of the Philo H. Goodwyn family of New Orleans, Louisiana. Goodwyn's children included McGavock R. (VMI Class of 1863) and Frank W. (VMI Class of 1862)Gray, Elmon T., Papers (MS #0504)Small collection of misc. personal papers, including biographical information, certificates, and photos. Elmon T. Gray (VMI Class of 1946; b. 1925 d. 2011) was a longtime Virginia State Senator and served on the VMI Board of Visitors.  These papers do not include substantive documents from his professional or political careers.Green, Duff. Collection (MS #0323)Eight documents from the career of army officer Duff Green, VMI Class of 1929, including U.S. Army commission (1929); Legion of Merit citation; 29th Armored Infantry Battalion certificate; U.S. Army retirement certificate; VMI Alumni Association certificate; VMI Sportsmen's Club certificate; VMI Institute Society certificate; and VMI Alumni Association certificate.Greene, Frederick S., Papers (MS #0208)Biographical note: Frederick Stuart Greene b. 1870, Jersey City, NJ; VMI Class of 1890; Major AEF during World War I; author; Superintendent of Public Works for state of New York; d. 1939 NY.Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (approximately 20 items) of Frederick Stuart Greene. Included are scripts of four plays; detail study (from New Market painting) of the face of a New Market cadet by artist Benjamin West Clinedinst, inscribed to F.S. Greene; 7 World War I maps; 3 photographs.Gwathmey, Allan T., papers (MS #0464)A collection (13 oversized items) of certificates, diplomas, and misc. items relating the educational history of Allan T. Gwathmey, VMI Class of 1923. Gwathmey was an internationally known scientist specializing in the field of single metal crystals, taught chemistry at the University of Virginia from 1938 until his death in 1963. He was also the founder of the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research.Hardin, Mark B., Papers (MS #00440)Mark Bernard "Bunny" Hardin (1838-1916) was an educator who taught chemistry at the Virginia Military Institute and at Clemson University. The Mark B. Hardin papers contain twenty letters. The bulk of the correspondence was written by Hardin to his siblings, Susan Lane Hardin and John Haywood Hardin, during the period 1864-1899.Hunter, Robert F., Collection. (MS #052)Biographical note: b. 1921; PhD, Columbia University; Professor of History, VMI, 1954-1986. Descriptive note: Bulk consists of edited typescript and illustrations for Hunter's book, Claudius Crozet, published by the University Press of Virginia in 1989. The book was co-authored by Edwin L. Dooley. Also typescript of article,"The Turnpike Movement in Virginia, 1816-1860."Illig, John S., scrapbook (MS #111)Biographical note: John Stephens Illig, b.1825, Germany; musician; immigrated to U.S. 1853; served in U.S. Army bands until outbreak of Civil War, when he became a member of the 1st Virginia Regiment band; member of the VMI band 1869-1899; died in Lexington, Virginia, 1903.Descriptive note: Scrapbook (fragment) compiled by musician John S. Illig. Ca. 20 items documenting Illig's life, including passport and other items dating from his years in Germany; certificate of citizenship; U.S. Army discharge papers; and other biographical material.James, Rorer A., Papers (MS #0368)Biographical note: Rorer Anderson James, b. 1859, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia; VMI Class of 1882; lawyer, state legislator, newspaper owner, businessman in Danville, Virginia; member VMI Board of Visitors; d. 1921, Danville, VA.Descriptive note:Miscellaneous papers, 1882-1921, of Rorer A. James. Includes incoming correspondence (6 items), certificates, political endorsement documents, and document outlining James' donation of scholarship funds to VMI. Correspondents include Francis H. Smith, Superintendent of VMI.King, W. Marshall, documents (MS #0340)Biographical note:W. Marshall King, b. 1901, Fredericksburg, VA; VMI Class of 1921; lawyer, Virginia State Corporation Commissioner, VMI Board of Visitors member, mayor of Fredericksburg, VA; d. 1957, Richmond, VA; buried Fredericksburg.Collection descriptionThe collection consists of three oversized items from the career of W. Marshall King, including two U.S. Army commission documents, 1922 and 1927, and one certificate honoring King, 1951.Lane, James H. Family (MS #304).Collection, 2 items, including a report card for Lottie Lane, daughter of Gen. James H. Lane (VMI Class of 1854). The item is dated 1892, Auburn (Alabama) School District and signed by J.H. Lane. The collection also contains a drawing of a railroad engine, signed "James H. Lane, 1899".Lee, William Fitzhugh, document (MS #0326)The collection consists of the United States Army Commission document of William Fitzhugh Lee, VMI Class of 1853. The document is dated August 1, 1856 and is signed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. During the Civil War Lee served as Lt. Col. , 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, and was killed at Manassas in July 1861.Luke, John M.,  papers (MS #0302)Biographical note: John Marvin Luke, b. 1880, Portsmouth, VA; VMI Class of 1900; World War I veteran; teacher and clergyman; d. 1951.Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers, 1900-1928, of John M. Luke. The papers consist of 4 letters of recommendation from VMI Faculty members; 1 letter from VMI Superintendent William H. Cocke to Luke; commissioning certificate (oath of office), Oct. 1918; and one VMI dance card.Lyne, Cassie Moncure, Scrapbooks. (MS #461).Scrapbooks ca. 1930-1943, compiled by Cassie Moncure Lyne in memory of her mother, Cassandra Oliver Moncure Lyne, including prints, photographs, programs, pamphlets and extensive handwritten notes.  The bulk of the material relates to the genealogy of the Moncure and Lyne families and to the Civil War.  Related collection: MS 0416 Moncure Family Misc. PapersMagoffin, Beriah Jr.m Map. (MS #416).Reproduction of a map of the "Klondike and Indian River Gold Districts" drawn by civil and mining engineer Beriah Magoffin, Jr. (Virginia Military Institute Class of 1893). The map is dated 1898; it measures approximately 14 inches x 16 inches. The original map is located at the University of Alaska.Major, Julian Neville, Papers. (MS #0424)Papers, 1904-1912, of Julian Neville Major, VMI Class of 1907. The collection consists primarily of family correspondence, including letters written by Major to his family while he served as Professor of Mathematics and Engineering at St. John's University, a Protestant college in Shanghai, China.Mann, John H. C., collection (MS #0227)Biographical note: John Herbert Claiborne Mann, b. 1900 Petersburg, VA; VMI Class of 1921; Civil Engineer and Professor of Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute; d. 1975, Lexington, VA.Descriptive note: 2 volumes of testimonial letters from Mann's former students at VMI, presented to him when he retired from the Engineering Department in 1967; Board of Visitors resolution, 1967; misc. oversized items, including his graduate school diploma from MIT.Marshall, Samuel W.  Jr., Papers (MS #0364)Biographical note: Samuel Wilson Marshall, Jr., b. 1905, Dallas, Texas; VMI Class of 1925; United States Army officer, WWII; consulting engineer; d. 1988, Dallas.Descriptive note:Documents from the career of Samuel W. Marshall, Jr., a consulting engineer whose area of expertise was weapons guidance systems. The collection includes 4 bound volumes: "Lightning Protection for Transmission Systems" (VMI Thesis), 1931; "Proposal for Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington DC" re: guidance systems for pilotless aircraft, 1946 (declassified, 1991); "Investigations studies & analyses of Guidance Systems for Pilotless Aircraft." Final Report, 2 vols, 1947 (declassified 1991).Maury, Matthew Fontaine. Papers. (MS 0103).  Online Access - Full text transcriptionsPersonal correspondence (1833-1873) of Matthew Fontaine Maury (b.1806 d. 1873), oceanographer, Confederate States Navy Commander, and educator. Letters (ca. 148 items) written by MFM to various members of his family.McCarthy, Frank., Collection (MS #0350)Biographical note: Frank McCarthy b 1912, Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1933; War Dept. General Staff & Secretary to Gen. George C. Marshall; BG U.S. Army Reserve; producer of movie Patton; d. 1986, California.Descriptive noteA collection of miscellaneous materials from the life of Frank McCarthy, consisting of 7 notebooks containing clippings of articles written by McCarthy during his VMI cadetship and during the two years after graduation; script for the newsreel "West Point of the South" (1936); and items from the production of the movie Patton (1970), which McCarthy produced.McClure, William G., papers. (MS #0415)Papers documenting the U.S. Marine Corps career of William G. McClure, Jr., Virginia Military Institute Class of 1943. The bulk of the papers concern the period of his active duty during World War II, when he served with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart. Additional papers relate to his postwar service as a reserve officer. The collection also includes biographical and genealogical information.Meyer, Alvin F. Jr., papers. (MS #414)Papers (approximately 300 items) of Col. Alvin F. Meyer, Jr., Virginia Military Institute Class of 1941. Meyer is a civil engineer whose specialty is sanitary engineering. The bulk pertains to Meyer's career with the United States Air Force, 1941-1969, and includes copies of published articles.Millner, Samuel M., papers (MS #0256)Biographical note: Samuel Morehead Millner, Jr., b. 1891 Danville, VA; VMI Class of 1911; World War I veteran; Professor of French at VMI, 1911-1961; d. 1985, Lexington VA.Descriptive note: Personal papers of VMI Professor Samuel M. Millner, Jr. The papers include correspondence with his wife Esther Ayres Millner and with classmates; diaries; photographs; miscellaneous documents.Moncure Family Misc Papers. (MS #416).Miscellaneous letters and other documents to and from various members of the Moncure family, who have a long association with VMI.  Included is an 1849 letter from Cadet Thomas J. Moncure (VMI Class of 1853) to his father, William A. Moncure, written while he was a fourth classman ("rat") at VMI.  A complete inventory is located in the folder with the documents.  Related collection: MS 0461 Cassie Moncure Lyne ScrapbooksMonks, John C., collection (MS #0229)Biographical note: John C. Monks, Jr., b. 1910; VMI Class of 1932; writer, director, producer; co-author, with Fred Finklehoffe, of Brother Rat. Descriptive note: This collection contains the typescript manuscript (1944) of the book A Ribbon and A Star. The Third Marines at Bougainville, published in 1945. Also three photographs dating from Monks' cadetship.Morrison, Emmett M. Commission document. (MS#0160)Biographical note: Emmett Masalon Morrison, b. 1841 Smithfield, VA; VMI Class of 1861; 15th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; teacher; d. 1932 Smithfield, VA.Descriptive note: One document appointing Emmett M. Morrision a Brigadier General of the 8th Brigade, 4th Division, of the Virginia Militia. Dated January 25, 1872.Naisawald, L. VanLoan. Collection. (MS #50)Biographical note: b. 1920, NY; graduate VMI, Class of 1942; army officer, editor, author. Descriptive note: Bulk (2 cf) consists of drafts, notes, and other items related to the publication of Naisawald's book, Grape and Canister, the story of the field artillery of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865 (Oxford University Press, 1960). Also a file of research material for an article, "Recovery of the Colors," and misc. oversized and other items.Newbold, Gilbert L., papers (MS #0265)Biographical note: Gilbert Lawrie Newbold, b. 1920 Scranton, PA; VMI Class of 1942; Intelligence Officer, World War II; State Dept. Foreign Service officer; Chief East Asia and Pacific Branch, U.S. Information Agency/Voice of America, 1950's-1960's; d. 1979, Roanoke VA.Descriptive note:Documents, approximately 100 items, from the career of Gilbert L. Newbold. The papers are primarily concerned with Newbold's career with the U.S. Information Agency and Voice of America in S.E. Asia during the 1950's and 1960's, and include letters and memos concerning the VOA operation in South Vietnam. Other items include his military personnel records and documents from his State Department assignments.Neikirk, Joseph D., collection (MS #0308)Miscellaneous papers of Joseph Neikirk, VMI Class of 1932, who served as Executive Vice President of the VMI Foundation from 1954 until his retirement in 1978. Includes cadet scrapbook, cadet account book, general correspondence and correspondence with VMI alumni, photographs, misc. military records, numerous resolutions & award certificates.Oliver, Thomas T., collection (MS #0305)The collection contains four citations, 1967-1968, awarded Captain Thomas T. Oliver (VMI Class of 1963), who was killed in action in Vietnam on February 7, 1968. Included are Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Bronze Star.Patton Family papers (MS #0360)A collection of 35 miscellaneous documents, 1855-1924, relating to various members of the Patton family. Primary subjects are the three individuals named George S. Patton--father, son, and grandson--all of whom attended VMI. The papers include letters, biographical information, bank drafts, commissions, and miscellaneous Civil War manuscripts. An inventory is available. Patton family biographical manuscript (MS #0320)Biographical sketch of John M. Patton Sr. (b. 1797) and his 7 sons, all of whom served in the Confederate States Army. The manuscript was prepared in January 1892 by John M. Patton, Jr., VMI Class of 1846.Patton, George S., compositions (MS #0253)Biographical note: George Smith Patton, b. 1885 San Gabriel, CA; VMI Class of 1907 (attended for one year, 1903-1904); General U.S. Army; d. 1945 Heidelberg, Germany.Descriptive note:The collection contains one essay and three poems by George S. Patton. The essay (2 pages), ca. 1903, discusses the significance of the VMI Corps' participation in the Battle of New Market (May 1864) and the New Market ceremony; it was probably written during the year Patton attended VMI or shortly thereafter. The typescript original poems are entitled "A Dream" (written in France, 1917), "God of Battles," and "Fear"; the latter two are signed by Patton.Pendleton, Edmund, letter (MS#0115)Biographical note: Edmund Pendleton, b. 1823 Amherst Co. VA; graduate VMI Class of 1842; Col. 15th Louisiana Infantry, CSA; lawyer and state legislator; member VMI Board of Visitors, 1870-1873; died 1899, Lexington, Virginia. Descriptive note: One letter from attorney Edmund Pendleton to David E. Moore of Lexington, Virginia, dated April 30, 1847. Pendleton discusses the passage of the James River bill in the Virginia Legislature.Preston, John T. L., papers (MS #0240)Miscellaneous personal papers, 7 items, of John T. L. Preston, one of the founders of the Virginia Military Institute and a member of the VMI Faculty from 1839-1875. The papers include a letter (1864 April 24) to Gen. Stonewall Jackson in which Preston discusses religious and financial matters; misc. other correspondence; a "brief historical sketch" of the Virginia Military Institute written for the Institute's semi-centennial in 1889; Preston's U.S. passport, May 1851; Franklin Society membership certificate, 1851.Purdie, Kenneth S., Papers (MS #104)Biographical note: Kenneth Sinclair Purdie, b. 1892, Norfolk, Virginia; VMI Class of 1912; army officer; educator; VMI faculty member; d. 1983, Lexington, Virginia. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (ca.250 items). Includes subject files concerning the publication of the 1912 VMI yearbook, of which Purdie was editor; personal correspondence; documents (1916) concerning the Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana; military service records (photocopies); notes on VMI athletic history (1901-1916); photograph album (1911-1913) , including photos of VMI and Wentworth Military Academy.Ross, Erskine Mayo. Papers (MS #0334)Biographical note: born 1845, Culpeper Co., Virginia; graduated Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1865; New Market cadet; co-founder of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity; lawyer and judge; died 1928.Content notes: Papers consist of three oversized items. 1. Certificate (13.5 in. x 11.5 in.), 1875 April 14, granting Ross permission to practice law in California. 2. Certificate (22 in. x 18 in.), 1887 Jan 13, judicial appointment for U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. 3. Certificate (23 in. x 17.5 in.), 1895 Feb 22, judicial appointment for U.S. Circuit Court, 9th District.Semmes,Thomas M., manuscript. (MS#0166)Biographical note:Thomas Middleton Semmes, b. 1840, Caroline Co., VA; VMI Class of 1860; Lt. Arkansas regiment, CSA; VMI Faculty member, 1860-1904; d. 1904, Lexington, VA.Descriptive note:Manuscript (holograph, 38 pages) of a speech given by VMI Modern Languages Professor Thomas M. Semmes. The speech, concerning Stonewall Jackson, was presented in Richmond circa 1892.Sinclair, Richard B., collection(MS #0348)Biographical note: Richard Bain Sinclair, b. 1908, Roanoke, Virginia; VMI Class of 1931; U.S. Army officer in Europe during World War II; Civil Engineer; died 1996, Roanoke.Descriptive note: The collection (17 items) consists of World War II era maps and listings of geodesic points used by Sinclair while fighting in Europe; and Sinclair's VMI cadet account book, listing school expenses 1927-1931.Smith, Francis W., letters. (MS #96).Biographical note:Francis Williamson Smith, b. 1838, Norfolk, Virginia; graduate VMI Class of 1856; educator; Lt. Col. Confederate Artillery; wounded at Amelia Springs and died April 6, 1865. Descriptive note: Letters (12 items), 1859-1860, from Francis Williamson Smith and others to artist Alexander Galt. Letters concern Smith family portraits; bust of Philip St. George Cocke, a member of the VMI Board of Visitors.Staubly, Woodville G., letter (MS #0212)Biographical note: Woodville Godfrey Staubly, b. 1856 Petersburg, VA; VMI Class of 1877; pharmacist; died before 1903. Descriptive note:One letter (January, 8 1882) from Woodville G. Staubly to a Mr. Beckwith. Written from Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. Staubly discusses the Indians condemned to death for a massacre at Fort Apache, and other aspects of U.S. government Indian policy.Steidtmann, Edward, diary. (MS #0145)Biographical note: Edward Steidtmann, b. 1881 near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin ; graduate University of Wisconsin; VMI faculty member (Professor of Mineralogy and Geology), 1923-1948; d. 1948, Lexington, VA.Descriptive note: Diary of Edward Steidtmann, kept during his trip to Alaska in the summer and fall of 1918. Daily entries give a detailed account of the journey. A few entries are dated before and after the trip.Sun, Li Jen, collection (MS #0299)Miscellaneous World War II items (1940-1945) from the estate of General Li Jen Sun, VMI Class of 1927. 9 photographs (black & white matte) showing Gen Sun with various allied commanders, including Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton; 3 color photographs of Sun's medals; 1 book owned by Sun, "The Chinese Army in India-Burma Campaign."Tanner, Robert G. Collection. (MS #049)Biographical note: b. 1947, graduate VMI, Class of 1969; attorney; author. Collection (2 cf) consists of items relating to the publication of Tanner's 1976 book, Stonewall in the Valley. Includes drafts, revisions, typescripts, galley " page proofs; correspondence with the publisher. Also chapter typescript for The Guns of '62.Thompson, Paul S.,  papers (MS #0257)Biographical note: Paul Singer Thompson, b. 1940, West Point, NY; VMI Class of 1961; PhD University of Virginia (History); Professor of History at the University of Natal, South Africa. Descriptive note:Personal papers, 1956-2008, of Paul S. Thompson, Professor of History at the University of Natal, South Africa. The collection includes extensive correspondence, dating from his VMI cadetship (1957-1961), his years in graduate school at the University of Virginia (1961-1965), and his life in South Africa with his family.  Access to this collection is restricted and requires permission of the donor.Tidwell, William A., papers (MS #0426)Miscellaneous papers (17 items) of Brigadier General William Albert Tidwell, Jr., USA. (1918-1999). Tidwell was a graduate of the Virginia Military Class of 1939. During his military career he worked primarily as an Intelligence officer and was assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950's and 1960's. The collection includes 4 routine letters (1965-1968) from General William Westmoreland to Tidwell; Tidwell's Legion of Merit citation and certificate, awarded for his service as Chief of Reconnaissance and Photographic Intelligence Division in Vietnam, 1964-1965; other certificates and citations; and 3 photographs. BG Tidwell died in June 1999.Towne, Roger E.,  papers (MS #0366)Biographical note: Roger Earl Towne, b. 1913, Kingston, NY; VMI Class of 1936; United States Army officer, 1936-1947; sales manager; d. 1983, St. Petersburg, FL. Descriptive note: Collection 1932-1960, of diary, scrapbooks and photograph album principally documenting the VMI cadetship and army career of Roger E. Towne. Miscellaneous items date from after his retirement from military service.Townes, John E., papers (MS #0487)The collection consists of photograph albums, diplomas, and miscellaneous papers documenting the life of John Edward Townes (b. 1886 d. 1970), a graduate of the Virginia Military Class of 1907 and a History professor at VMI for 35 years.  The photos depict both his VMI cadetship and his subsequent career in the U. S. Army Coast Artillery Corps (1908-1920) and at VMI as a faculty member (1921-1956).  During World War I he served in France with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). Turner, Robert K., Collection. (MS#003)Annotated typescripts, galley and page proofs, and other pre-publication materials relating to the book Letters of a New Market Cadet (University of North Carolina Press, 1961), edited by VMI faculty members Turner and John G. Barrett. Most of the original documents that appear in the book are located in the Jaqueline Beverly Stanard Papers, VMI.Upshur, Alfred P., Collection (MS#0420)Miscellaneous papers (11 items) of Dr. Alfred P. Upshur, VMI Class of 1904, whose career included service in the Army Medical Corps. The collection consists primarily of commission documents and other certificates, and 2 photographs.Waddill, Edmund C., papers (MS #0280)Biographical note: Edmund Clivious Waddill, b. 1883 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1903; United States Army officer and World War I veteran; d. 1964 Portsmouth, VA.Descriptive note:Commissions and certificates (10 items)from the army career of Edmund C. Waddill.Waddy, John R. , document. (MS #091).Biographical note: John Robinson Waddy, b. 1834; graduate, VMI Class of 1853; officer, U.S. Army prior to 1861; officer, CSA; farmer, businessman, postmaster; d. 1903, Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note: One letter of recommendation written on behalf of John Waddy by Superintendent Francis H. Smith. Smith recommends him for a commission in the U.S. Army. Dated October 27, 1856.Webb, John S., Papers. (MS #40).Misc. professional papers (17 items, 1883-1905) of John S. Webb, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1867 and New Market cadet. Webb spent most of his career as a civil engineer, working for railroads throughout the south. Included are 2 letters concerning railroad under construction in Mississippi; patent for a rail joint (with sketch); blueprints and drawings from various construction projects.Welles, Paul, papers. (MS #0141)Biographical note: Paul Welles, b. 1884, Antwerp, Belgium; graduate Amherst College and University of Southern California; at Mexican border with 7th Regiment, NY National Guard, 1916; Major, U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1917-1919, stationed in France; educator; VMI Faculty member (Professor of German and French), 1930-1950; d. 1950, New Bedford, MA; buried Lexington, VA.Descriptive note:Personal papers, 1897-1950, of VMI faculty member Paul Welles. The papers include personal correspondence and diaries (1928-1950), records from his military career (1916-1919); photos; speeches; certificates (oversized). Little of the collection relates to Welles' career at VMI.Williamson, Sydney B., papers (MS # 0206) Detailed Guide & Online Exhibit.Biographical note: Sydney Bacon Williamson b. 1865 Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1884; civil engineer; Pacific Division engineer for Panama Canal construction, 1906-1914; d. 1939 Lexington, VA.Descriptive note: Papers of civil engineer Sydney B. Williamson, including extensive material, 1906-1914, documenting the construction of the Panama Canal. The papers consist of project and planning files, drawings, photographs, correspondence and reports. In addition to canal material, the papers include information about Williamson's other engineering projects in South America (Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru) and the United States (Virginia, Mississippi Valley, Alabama), and his service with the Interoceanic Canal Board and the Goethals Memorial Committee.Wise, Henry A., papers. (MS #0123)Biographical note: Henry A. Wise, b. 1906, Watertown, NY; VMI Class of 1927; lawyer, Watertown; Capt. U.S. Army during World War II; New York state legislator; author of the VMI history, Drawing Out the Man; d. 1982, Lexington, VA.Descriptive note:Personal papers of Henry A. Wise, including general correspondence, family correspondence, subject files, and materials relating to the publication of his book, Drawing Out the Man: The VMI Story. Inventory available.Wise, Jennings Cropper, Papers. (MS#004)Personal papers of Jennings C. Wise (b. 1881 d. 1968. VMI Class of 1902), lawyer, army officer, VMI faculty member and author. Included are extensive correspondence files that document all aspects of Wise's career, with particular emphasis upon his lifelong concern with issues affecting VMI. Container list available.Collection dates/size: 1910-1960; 3 linear feet.Youell, Rice M., collection. (MS#0417)A collection (10 items) of certificates and other items from the career of Rice McNutt Youell, VMI Class of 1914. Included are the citations for the Croix de Guerre and the Distinguished Service Cross, dating from his service in France during World War I.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM10/7/2015 8:50:45 AM7/16/2007 1:21:36 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMJulieSandridgeFaculty & Alumni Papers438A10330False010/7/2015 08:50:45 AM7/16/2007 01:21:36 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Faculty___Alumni_Papers/36981106hospital/assets/0/430/438/3253/ba9db338-62e3-4977-83e9-ceae352f3c33.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM3/19/2009 11:05:49 AM3/9/2009 2:45:20 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobhospital3253I1033BA9DB338-62E3-4977-83E9-CEAE352F3C33 11:05:49 AM3/9/2009 02:45:20 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png collage- Henkel Civil War/assets/0/430/438/b5d466d6-c363-475a-9c2b-4a181828efbd.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM8/22/2007 11:09:44 AM7/16/2007 10:26:23 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobImage collage- Henkel Civil War438A1033B5D466D6-C363-475A-9C2B-4A181828EFBD 11:09:44 AM7/16/2007 10:26:23 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png L. Couper World War II Papers/Archives/Manuscripts/00486CouperJL/John_L__Couper_World_War_II_Papers/John L. Couper World War II Letters   France 7 August 44 Dear Mother,      Thanks  for the paper, this is it. My supply has been rapidly evaporating and I have been reduced to odds and ends for other thanJohn L. Couper World War II LettersMedical Corps, Europe.Manuscript #0486 View Online Exhibit: Photograph Album Collection Summary John Lee Couper, M.D. graduated from VMI in 1937 and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U. S. Army Medical Corps from 1941-1946, spending four years overseas with the St. Luke's Unit (Second Evacuation Hospital). He served in Great Britain and five campaigns in northern Europe with Fifth Corps, First Army, and separated from the service holding the rank of captain. He spent his post-war career in the practice of anesthesiology. Couper died in Lexington, VA in 2001.The papers consist of extensive correspondence (to parents and other family) and two photograph albums documenting service during World War II; the bulk is dated 1942-1946. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including training in Great Britain, field hospital operations in Europe, and comments about daily aspects of war. In addition, the papers include a photograph album (1936-1937) dating from his VMI cadetship, and extensive material documenting various VMI Class of 1937 reunions.Selected examples (excerpted from original letters): France, 1944 August 7 "... It is now one A.M. and we have cleaned up the last of our business, the first break that we have had for some time. How long it will last I cannot imagine as they can snow us under so very rapidly, but we are now used to that. The war has moved so far from us that it is only a rumor but the wounded still come back to us and stand the trip remarkably well, suppose we will have to catch up as soon as the front settles down. The lads are really going to town and the map I have is now out of date. Recently there have been quite a few French civilians in who have been caught in the fighting and in the mines that the Germans sew without consideration. I don't mind wounded soldiers but kids and old women get me- they are only innocent bystanders, but we treat them as well as anyone and they are most gracious in their thanks.... We have been listening to a broadcast from the States via short wave direct on a radio we have here in the operating room. It is good to hear the stuff uncanned for a change. There is an allied station that has opened since D-Day that gives out excellent stuff- mostly American that gives good listening. Grew quite tired of the B.B.C. though they still have the best news."France, 1944 August 10  "....Things are quiet- we are getting our official rest after six straight weeks of Twenty- Four hour drive....   Yesterday I was fortunate enough to go with Jerry Dorman, our executive officer up to the front to see just exactly how things forward of us are in the medical line. We have never seen exactly the chain of evacuation to us, and we climbed in a jeep and took off for the zone. It was a real experience and thank God it was quiet. The front has moved so far from us that it was nice to get up to see that there was actually a war on. The country we traveled through had been fought over and thoroughly torn up in spots. Though some areas were blasted to pieces, others were as they always have been. The natural defense spots had all been contested and the whole place torn up. The square heads seem to hole up in houses and as a result almost all were wrecked. Towns especially were chewed up. In one place a large woods had been practically done away with, every tree had been blasted off about six feet up. One thing that impressed me was that there were no shell holes, all shells explode on the surface and don't dig holes. Air bombs, however, dig things up. At one place a bridge had been bombed and the stream bed so dug up that the stream had been diverted. The engineers do wonders with such places. They just build a bridge (prefabricated) beside the old one with a nice fill up to it- all done with bulldozers.... One of the most impressive things about the front area is the smell of dead things in general. Animals are everywhere and smell up things in general....One of the things that impressed me was the continual stream of civilian refugees coming home. They were walking and carrying bundles, riding bikes and in their high two wheeled carts. They all looked dead beat but they were at least going home. The Civil Affairs people have done a good job taking care of them. These people are all much different from those we first saw- they are quite friendly and wave to you. The others we have been used to were sullen and stolid- made us wonder. The hinterland country is also much prettier than this hereabouts."Germany, 1945 April 19  "....the outfit has been slowly collecting the personnel who have been scattered over Germany from one end of the front to the other.  Many were in charge of German hospitals or slave labor camps and have real stories to tell.  Some of the stories are real horror ones....The payoff is when the civilians of a town are told about what goes on they say they did not know, it was the Nazis who did it....I am all for setting a date for capitulation, then all resisters will be executed."Germany, 1945 April 24   "....We have been treating recovered Allied & American POWs and I have never seen such pitiful wrecks of men.  They are all starved beyond belief and any disease they may have - no matter how mild - becomes a major problem.  The Krauts have certainly shown their true natures in their treatment, and to think how we coddle them in the camps in the States.  These boys should be sent home to guard them....The civilians are all sullen and aloof, here they made us fight and have not felt the war.  Not far away is a camp where they exterminated political prisoners that is absolutely horrible, and yet they deny any part in it...."German, 1945 May 2   "....Have been awful busy and we have a tremendous load of patients.  I have a ward now with a hundred on it that keeps me hopping all of the time.  They are all medical patients and nearly all ex-prisoners.  It is a real League of Nations.  At present I have the following nationalities - Americans (much in the minority), British (of all varieties), French, Belgians, Dutch, Czech, Australians, Canadians, Indians, plus one man from Cyprus....All are very sick when they come but on rest and food nearly all brighten up. They all have a typical lethargic, whipped dog attitude - even the Americans when they come - but they soon snap out of it on a little honest treatment....The English say that the Americans were treated worse than any but the Russians and they look it.  With people as malnourished as these are on has to take even the most minor illness seriously - thank God for sulfonamides and penicillin, plus good food...."1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM1/11/2012 11:11:34 AM11/21/2008 9:23:28 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobJohn L. Couper World War II Papers3253A10330False01/11/2012 11:11:34 AM11/21/2008 09:23:28 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/00486CouperJL/John_L__Couper_World_War_II_Papers/3949ContentLocal History Manuscripts/Archives/Manuscripts/Local_History_Manuscripts/Lexington, Rockbridge County and Shenandoah ValleyLetters, Diaries, Manuscripts.Local & Regional History; Miscellaneous ManuscriptsFor detailed descriptive information about our manuscript holdings, please click on the collection title to see the full record in the VMI Archives Catalog Some collections are viewable online; these are labeled Online Access. The catalog record will direct you to the online collection, when available. Questions or requests for digitization? Send us an emailOther Sections of the Guide: Letters, Diaries, & Manuscripts HomeLexington, Virginia Census  Online Access 1860 and 1870. Transcribed and annotated by Edwin. L. Dooley, Jr. Bank of Virginia document. (MS 0057)One bank document, issued on August 4, 1840 from the Buchanan office of the Bank of Virginia to Jacob M. Ruff, Proctor of Washington College. The notice states that Ruff, as co-signer for J.W. Pettigrew who cannot make payment, is responsible for repaying the sum of $825.Alexander S. Brown letters  (MS  0217)Two letters from Washington College student Alexander S. Brown to his sister, dated 1846 September 20 & 1848 September 7. The 1846 letter mentions the Cincinnati military class, in which Washington College students participated in military training conducted by VMI staff.Bushong Family Ledger  (MS 0329)Ledger-daybook (7.5 in. x 6 in. x 3/4 in., ca. 252 pages) that belonged to the Bushong family of New Market, Virginia. First section contains entries (1843-1853) by Jacob Bushong; later entries (1879-1903) are by Jacob's grandson, William F. Bushong. Bulk contains listing of daily expenses; also included are recipes and misc. notes. The Bushong family owned the land on which the Battle of New Market took place (May 15, 1864); their farmhouse is preserved as part of the New Market Battlefield Historical Park.Charles Carroll documents.   (MS 0411).Miscellaneous financial papers (7 items, 1770-1826) of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland statesman, a member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Included are receipts and other documents relating to business transactions.Chew Family Account book. (MS 0359)Account book (8 x 6 x 1/2 inches; ca. 154 p.) of unidentified member of the Chew family from the Shenandoah Valley region in Virginia. Entries (1834-1883); most pre-1860), include itemized accounts of customers for a variety of goods and services; including carpentry, shoemaking, hauling; list of expenses; notes about crops and cattle; clippings; recipe.Eliza Clinedinst Crim correspondence  (MS 0234)Correspondence and postcards (approximately 12 items) of Eliza Clinedinst Crim, "Mother of the New Market Corps." Mrs. Crim writes to Charles M. Wesson, James B. Baylor, and others; the letters contain reminiscences about the Battle of New Market and various VMI alumni. Also miscellaneous other items.College of Avranches scrapbook  (MS 0322)Scrapbook presented to the Virginia Military Institute by the students of the College of Avranches (France) "as a token of their gratitude to General Patton, the Liberator of Avranches." Contains drawings, photographs, postcards and maps detailing the history of the town from its founding through the end of World War II.Alfred duPont letter  (MS 0303)One letter (April 27, 1844) from Alfred V. DuPont to Captain Alfred Mordecai (U.S. Ordnance Dept) discussing the testing of an unspecified weapon.Charles M. Figgat collection  (MS 0283) Charles M. Figgat was the cashier at the Bank of Lexington who embezzled over $145,000 and fled on February 14, 1895. Figgat's actions forced the closure of the bank and adversely affected the local economy; VMI incurred significant losses. The collection contains a reward notice distributed after Figgat fled; 10 cancelled checks from local banks, 1870-1871, bearing Figgat's signature; and one petition to the Lexington school trustees endorsing Jacob Fuller for a teaching position, signed by Figgat and other citizens.Giles Gunn Papers  (MS 0292)  Online AccessThe collection consists of five letters, 1848-1854, written by Giles Gunn, a teacher from Connecticut who was working in Lexington, Virginia during the mid-nineteenth century. The letters are addressed to Gunn's family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He describes his teaching duties, events at the Virginia Military Institute (Finals , 1848, including a description of the VMI band; the murder of cadet Thomas Blackburn, 1854), and life in Lexington (schools, religion, rumor of a slave uprising, 1851).Historic American Buildings Survey for Lexington, Virginia  (MS 0296)The collection includes plans, photographs and descriptive text documenting selected Lexington and Rockbridge Country (Virginia) buildings which were included in the Historic American Buildings Survey. The Survey was conducted under the auspices of the National Park Service and the original records are located in the Library of Congress. Mary Wilson Irwin sketchbooks. (MS 0039)The collection consists of two sketchbooks (1897 & 1914), ca. 20 pages each, containing pencil drawings by Mary Wilson Irwin. No information about the artist is available. Subjects include the Virginia Military Institute; Washington and Lee University; Lexington, Virginia scenes; children. Some drawings bear inscription "MWI" and/or short description.Thomas Johnson document  (MS 0385)One page manuscript, dated May 10, 1707, Augusta County, Virginia. The document is a handwritten version of a newspaper advertisement signed by Thomas Johnson; he requests help in locating two stray horses and offers a reward for their return.Jordan Family collection  (MS 0238)Notebook, correspondence, and notes containing genealogical information about the John Jordan family of Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. Jordan, a builder and brickmason active in Lexington during the early nineteenth century, was responsible for the construction of several of the town's most notable buildings. The collection also includes photographs of Col. John Jordan and his son John.Lee family documents  (MS 0237)Miscellaneous papers (13 items) of Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis Lee, including 4 holograph Robert E. Lee letters; 4 other documents bearing Lee's signature; presentation and other items signed by Mrs. Lee; and one letter (1926) from Mrs. William B. Anderson to Sydney B. Williamson relating the history of a quilt made by Mrs. Lee.Lee-Jackson Foundation Collection.  (MS 0288)A collection of approximately 50 miscellaneous unrelated manuscripts (1744 - 1908; bulk 19th century), donated by the Lee-Jackson Foundation in conjunction with their gift of the Jackson Papers (MS #0102). The items, primarily autograph letters, were purchased at various times by the Foundation; many date from the Civil War or bear the signatures of Civil War era notables.Lexington Arsenal and Virginia Militia Records  (MS 0244)  Online AccessAn arsenal was completed at Lexington, Virginia in 1818 and some weapons and gunpowder were transferred there from the armory in Richmond. After the Virginia Military Institute was opened on the site of the arsenal in November 1839, the cadets served as guards for the arsenal, and regular troops were no longer stationed there. This collection contains 47 items, 1702-1839, concerning the operation of the Lexington Arsenal, various regiments of the Virginia Militia stationed in Lexington, and some militia records that pre-date the establishment of the arsenal. Documents include regimental returns, a register of the guard, garrison orders, accounts and payrolls, and appointment documents.Martin Family letters.  (MS 0157)Martin Family papers, 2 items. Letter from 14 year old Hattie to her mother Susan, of Winchester, VA, written while Hattie was visiting relatives in Lexington, Virginia (undated, ca. 1851); she sends general news of visit. Also letter (November 5, 1851) to Rev. John Martin from his father-in-law John Ruff, relating Lexington news; topics include street improvements.James M. Mason papers.   (MS 0409)Correspondence (1831-1865, bulk 1831-1855; 7 items) 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.McCormack, Rodney. Collection. (MS 503)McCormack (Class of 1957) was a collector who acquired VMI & local ephemera, misc. documents etc. This collection 1 folder of items connected to Lexington/Rockbridge Co. history from various eras.McDonald Family letter   (MS 0211)One letter dated November 8, 1886, to Cadet John A. McDonald VMI Class of 1889) from his sister, Annie. The letter contains primarily family news, but is difficult to read because of extensive water damage (this item was found in the VMI Barracks in 1936, during construction work).Daniel Morgan papers.   (MS 0407)Miscellaneous papers, 1788-1800, of Virginia Revolutionary War soldier General Daniel Morgan. Includes document dated 5 August 1788 concerning issue of "lands set apart for the Continental Line of Virginia;" and various memoranda of agreement concerning land sold by Daniel.Price Family Account Book /Price's Artillery Company roster.   (MS 0342)   Online AccessPrimarily account book of Shenadoah Valley farmers Jacob & Berryman Price of New Market, Virginia, 1845-1874. Includes roster of the unit known as Price's Light Artillery, commanded by Captain Berryman Zirkle Price.Rockbridge County Sheriff's bond. (MS 0051)Bond document, 1829, for Rockbridge County, Virginia Sheriff Joseph Allen. Signed by James McDowell and other citizens of the county.George W. Rosenberger papers  (MS 0387)George W. Rosenberger (1823-1902) was a farmer and cattle breeder in New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia, and in Rockingham County, Virginia. His farm was active in the mid to late 19th century. The papers, (32 items, 1854-1884), consist of documents relating to the breeding and sale of cattle, 1854-1870's; Confederate government "tax in kind" assessment documents, 1864; miscellaneous Civil War documents; photographs; misc. other documents.John A. Saum account books and diary  (MS 0383)John Addison Saum, 1837-1878, of Edinburg, Shenandoah Co. Virginia.  3 notebooks, 1864-1880, containing financial accounts (business and personal), notes, and a few diary entries written by John A. Saum and his brother Joseph. The most notable diary entries are dated May-June 1864, including a very brief account of the Battle of New Market.Waller Family Papers (MS 0484). The collection contains correspondence (1821-1849) to and from various members of the William M. Waller family of Amherst County, Virginia.Weather Observation Reports, Lexington, Virginia  (MS 0335)Collection consists of forms filled in by official weather station observers at the Virginia Military Institute, where the local station was once located, 1904-1999. Wise Family letters  (MS #0248)Miscellaneous incoming and outgoing correspondence (13 items) of Henry Alexander Wise, Governor of Virginia from 1856-1860. Also included is one unrelated letter (1813 July 19) from George Wise to Tully Wise, in which he describes the destruction by the British of his Norfolk County, Virginia plantation.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM10/14/2015 12:24:44 PM7/16/2007 1:20:50 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobLocal History Manuscripts438A10330False010/14/2015 12:24:44 PM7/16/2007 01:20:50 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Local_History_Manuscripts/4294972361ContentManuscripts Complete List Summary/Archives/Manuscripts/Manuscripts_Complete_List_Summary/ Manuscripts Complete List Summary1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM8/12/2015 9:07:43 AM11/10/2010 10:12:43 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMJulieSandridgeManuscripts Complete List Summary438A10330False08/12/2015 09:07:43 AM11/10/2010 10:12:43 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Manuscripts_Complete_List_Summary/3723ContentManuscripts Home/Archives/Manuscripts/Manuscripts_Home/Letters, Diaries, & other Manuscripts   The VMI Archives currently contains more than 450 manuscript collections Letters, diaries, and other personal papers. Among our holdings are the papers of Stonewall Jackson and Matthew Fontaine Maury correspondence of soldiers who served inLetters, Diaries, & ManuscriptsCollections in the VMI ArchivesThe VMI Archives currently contains more than 500 manuscript collections: Letters, diaries, and other personal papers. Among our holdings are the papers of Stonewall Jackson and Matthew Fontaine Maury; correspondence of soldiers who served in the Civil War; modern military history collections, including the Cold War Oral History Project; letters, diaries, and scrapbooks documenting cadet life and Institute history; and documents relating to the history of the Shenandoah Valley. Many of our collections are available online in full-text format, and complete descriptions of all manuscript holdings VMI Archives Catalog.The VMI Archives includes many holdings in addition to manuscripts. See the Archives home page for links to our other resources. For more information about any of our collections, please contact the archives.Online Manuscripts GuideThis guide, divided into five sections, consists of brief descriptions of individual manuscript collections and includes links to online full text where available.For detailed descriptive information about our manuscript holdings, please consult the VMI Archives Catalog Institute History and Cadet LifeCivil WarMilitary History & Oral History ProjectFaculty and Alumni PapersLocal History: Lexington and Rockbridge County, VirginiaShenandoah Valley; Miscellaneous other manuscripts1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM7/16/2015 9:21:03 AM7/10/2007 4:47:35 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobManuscripts Home438A10330False07/16/2015 09:21:03 AM7/10/2007 04:47:35 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Manuscripts_Home/3947ContentMilitary History Manuscripts/Archives/Manuscripts/Military_History_Manuscripts/Military History Manuscripts, excluding Civil WarMilitary HistoryLetters, Diaries, ManuscriptsOther Sections of the Guide: Letters, Diaries, & Manuscripts Home  Our Civil War collections are listed in a separate section of the guide. This section covers all other eras of military history. See the VMI Archives Catalog for detailed information about all manuscript holdings    Military Oral History Collection  Online AccessAlmond, Edward Mallory, Collection. (MS 0089)Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1915; Lt. Gen., United States Army; member VMI Board of Visitors; d. 1979, San Antonio, Texas; buried Arlington National Cemetery. Descriptive note: The collection (ca. 21 items) includes transcripts of two oral history interviews.  Other items include photographs (16 items), 1950-1951; misc. documents.Anderson, Marvin J., papers  (MS 0472).  Online Access (selected) Marvin J. Anderson, Jr. (VMI Class of 1943) was serving as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Air Force when he was killed in action in Tunisia,  North Africa on 24 February 1943.  He was a crew member on a B-26 bomber. The bulk of the papers relate to Anderson's army career. They include flight training documents, photographs, misc. other army records, and a file of documents pertaining to his death and burial.Arnold, Thomas St. J., papers  (MS 0309)VMI Class of 1935; United States Army Officer, 1936-1967. Papers from his military career; most items date from World War II. Includes operational reports of the 92nd Infantry Division; misc. maps; photographs; correspondence.Bachtell, Linford B., Papers (MS 0457)The papers consists primarily of items dating from the U. S. Air Force career of LTC Bachtell.  Included are flight records, log books, and miscellaneous certificates and military orders. Bachtell served as a pilot with the Military Air Transport and during the Vietnam War he piloted supplies to South Vietnam from Taiwan.Barksdale, Alfred D., Papers (MS 0465) Online Access(selected)The papers consist of 9 items documenting the World War I U. S. Army career of Alfred Dickinson Barksdale (VMI Class of 1911).  Barksdale served in France in the 116th Infantry, 29th Division, from 1917-1919.  Included is a letter from Barksdale to his sister, dated August 20, 1918, written shortly after his arrival in France.Britt, Albert S., Papers. (MS 0048)Papers (1930-1962) of Army officer Albert Sidney Britt, VMI Class of 1930. Includes correspondence, reports, and other documents from Britt's military career. One scrapbook dates from his cadetship at VMI, 1926-1930. Size: 3 linear feet.Byrd, J. Claiborn, Papers  (MS 0460)Descriptive note:   World War II papers of Lt. Col. J. Claiborn Byrd, who served with the 100th Infantry Division. The papers consist primarily of stateside training materials dating from his attendance at the Infantry School (Ft. Benning, GA, 1942) and the Command & General Staff College course (1943). A few miscellaneous documents date from the 100th Division's service in the European Theater. Byrd (b. 1908 d. 2000) was a businessman from Durham, NCBurress, Withers A., Papers. (MS 0058)Papers of General Withers A, Burress, VMI Class of 1914 and career Army officer. The papers cover the period 1942-1954. Included are photographs; subject file about the 100th Infantry Division; scrapbooks, miscellaneous correspondence, military orders and memoranda. Size: 1 linear foot.Cooper, George L. H., Memoirs. (MS 0197)Typescript memoirs, detailing Cooper's Marine Corps Service in the Pacific Theater during World War II.  He served with the 2d Engineer battalion, 2d Marine Division.Couper, John L., Papers  (MS #0486).  Online Photographs Exhibit & Selected Full Text World War II correspondence of Dr. John L. Couper (VMI Class of 1937), concerning his service in Europe with the U. S. Army Medical Corps.Dabney, William H. (COL), Papers. (MS 0508) An infantry officer, Colonel Dabney served 37 years in the Marine Corps, including two tours in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he commanded India Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, on Hill 881S during the Battle of Khe Sanh, for which he was awarded the Navy Cross in 2005. The papers consist of oral history interviews; printed material; articles and clippings; citations for military awards, photographs; military papers; incoming correspondenceDouglas, Wallace S., Collection  (MS 0486).   World War II photos and documents concerning Dr. Douglas's (Class of 1922) service as a physician with the U. S. Army Medical Corps stationed in New Caledonia.Downer, John W. collection.  (MS 0430)Colonel John W. Downer (VMI Class of 1902), served in the United States Army from 1901-1943. He was also a member of the U. S. Riding Team at the Seventh Olympic Games in 1920 and served as an American representative on the U. S. Olympic Committee. The collection includes scrapbook containing documents and photographs from his military career; and "Report of the American Olympic Committee, Seventh Olympic Games, Antwerp, Belgium, 1920."Gerow, Lee S., Papers.   (MS 0228)Misc. documents from the career of Brig. General Lee S. Gerow (b. 1891 d. 1982), VMI Class of 1913. Includes diplomas, citations, certificates of promotion, photographs, 14 page typescript autobiography (1979), misc. correspondence. Size: 1 lf.Gerow, Leonard T., Papers. (MS 0100)    Online Access(Eisenhower correspondence)Documents and photographs (ca. 120 items) from the military career of U.S. Army General Leonard Townsend Gerow (b. 1888 d.1972). Includes correspondence (ca. 25 items, 1940--1945) to and from General Dwight D. Eisenhower; autobiographical material; speeches (1945-1948); photographs. Size: .50 linear feet.Graham, C. Barrett,  letters.  (MS 0418)[Access restricted] Letters (34 items) of Marine Corps Lieutenant Charles Barrett Graham (VMI Class of 1967). The letters were written to his parents and other family members, primarily during his tour of duty in Vietnam, 1968-1969. Graham served as a rifle platoon commander based at An Hoa (Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines) and subsequently was stationed at supply headquarters in Da Nang. Topics include patrols, general descriptions of countryside and villagers, destroying North Vietnamese food supplies. Hubbard, Mont., Collection  (MS 0327)Biographical note:   Mont Hubbard, b. 1910, Chatham, VA; VMI Class of 1932; businessman; Col., Artillery, United States Army, 1940-1946; d. 1968, Altavista, VA.  Descriptive note:  The collection consists of two annotated maps used by Col. Mont Hubbard during World War II. A map of France & Germany, 1943, approximate size 48 inches x 36 inches; map, "Operation Highlights of the Third Armored Division, 23 June 1944 - 25 April 1945," approximate 29 inches x 22 inches (2 copies).Kibler, A. Franklin, Papers  (MS 0454)  During World War II Kibler served under General Omar Bradley as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, 12th Army Group, European Theater. Included are memoranda to and from Kibler and other senior officers (1943-1945); HQ 12th Army Group Commanding General's briefings (1944-1945); reports, including "Reports of the General Board, United States Forces, European Theater" (G-3 Section); photographs, and organizational charts.Lee, Robert E. Mexican War Map collection (MS 0277) Online AccessA collection of 30 original military maps used by Robert E. Lee during the Mexican War, 1846-1848. Lee was at that time a Captain in the U.S. Army Engineers Corps. Two of the maps bear his signature. Lexington Arsenal and Virginia Militia Records (MS 0244) Online AccessAn arsenal was completed at Lexington, Virginia in 1818 and some weapons and gunpowder were transferred there from the armory in Richmond. After the Virginia Military Institute was opened on the site of the arsenal in November 1839, the cadets served as guards for the arsenal, and regular troops were no longer stationed there. This collection contains 47 items, 1702-1839, concerning the operation of the Lexington Arsenal, various regiments of the Virginia Militia stationed in Lexington, and some militia records that pre-date the establishment of the arsenal. Documents include regimental returns, a register of the guard, garrison orders, accounts and payrolls, and appointment documents.Lillard, John M., collection.   (MS 0413)The collection (18 items) consists of material dating from Lillard's service as a U.S. Navy pilot stationed in the Persian Gulf area. Included are tactical pilotage and jet navigation charts that he used during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield in 1991; Joint Overhead Graphic of Lebanon (1983) used during operations in support of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force occupation of Beirut International Airport; photographs of U.S. Navy F-14s and the USS Abraham Lincoln; letter detailing his experience during the Persian Gulf War; and program from a memorial service held aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt for three men killed in action in Feb. 1991. Lillard is a member of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1980. Inventory available.Moss, James B., Jr. Diary. (MS 0452)   Online AccessWorld War II diary (1943-1944) of James B. Moss, Jr., VMI Class of 1946. Moss served with the 15th Field Artillery Observation Battalion at Anzio, Italy.Nelson, John C., Papers (MS 0502)Misc. Papers and photographs dating from his service with as First Lieutenant, 119th Infantry, 30th Division, A.E.F. (approx. 25 items). He was in the Class of 1918.Peay, J. H. Binford III, Interview (MS 5002)Oral history interview transcript.  This interview was conducted in August 2009 by Dr. Lewis Sorley for the U. S. Army Military History Institute Senior Officers Oral History Program. GEN Peay had a distinguished U. S. Army career before his service as VMI's 14th Superintendent.  See also: additional interviews conducted by VMI cadets, which are available online. Perkinson, T. Randolph, Papers. (MS 0473)  Online Access(selected)The bulk of the papers consists of miscellaneous items dating from Perkinson's the World War I service with the HQ, 30th Division, as an aide-de-camp to General S. L. Faison.Randolph, John H., Jr., Papers (MS 0441)John H. Randolph, Jr., (VMI Class of 1942) served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Randolph saw action in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. The collection includes military orders, misc. documents relating to bombing missions, misc. other military records, and five photographs. Richards, Gates T., Papers.   (MS 0505)The collection consists of slides, photographs, printed material, leaflets and propaganda material, and miscellaneous documents dating from Richards' (Class of 1961) service in a Psychological Operations unit during the Vietnam War, 1966-1967Rockenbach, Samuel Dickerson, Papers. (MS 0001)  Online ExhibitMilitary career papers (1889-1945)of army officer Samuel Dickerson Rockenbach (b. 1869 d. 1952), VMI Class of 1889. Rockenbach was notable for his role in the establishment of the U.S. Army Tank Corps during World War I and his postwar work in the development of tank warfare. Size: 2 linear feet.Ruffner, David L., papers  (MS 0338)Biographical note:   David Lewis Ruffner, b. 1896, Charleston, West Virginia; VMI Class of 1917; United States Army officer, 1917-1953, retiring with the rank of Major General; d. 1973, Metarie, Louisiana.  Descriptive note:   Miscellaneous personal papers, 1940-1953, of General David L. Ruffner. The collection includes photographs, scrapbooks, and certificates. Medals and other artifacts are located in the VMI Museum.Shepherd, Lemuel C., Jr. Papers. (MS 0006)   Misc. papers (1896-1990) of Marine Corps General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., VMI Class of 1917. Shepherd served in World Wars I, II, Korea, and as Marine Corps Commandant. The collection consists primarily of scrapbooks and photographs that document Shepherd's cadetship (1914-1917), his military career, and his post-Marine Corps service as Chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board. Includes miscellaneous personal correspondence and military orders; however these items are not a significant portion of the collection. Size: ca. 5 linear feet.Smith, Robert N., Papers (MS 0501).Misc. papers (ca. 10 items) dating from Smith's (Class of 1947) service with the 255th Infantry, Company M, 63rd Division in Germany, 1945.Talbott, Samuel G., Papers. (MS 0101)Samuel Greaner Talbott, b. 1877 Richmond, Virginia; VMI Class of 1899; United States Army officer, 1902-1945; died 1965, Virginia. Descriptive note: Papers (ca. 25 items) documenting Talbott's cadetship and part of his army career. Includes diary and miscellaneous items dating from his service with the 28th Infantry Regiment in the Philippines, 1901-1903.Tobey, Nelson W., collection  (MS 0346)One typescript publication (196 pp.), "History of the 7th Field Artillery battalion, WWII," by Nelson W. Tobey, VMI Class of 1939.Tompkins, George J., Jr. Papers (MS 0467) Online Access Miscellaneous World War II papers documenting the army service of George J. Tompkins, Jr.   Included are Gen. Eisenhower's letter to the troops about to participate in the D-Day invasion, June 1944, and a similar item from President Roosevelt.  Tompkins is a member of the VMI Class of 1944.  See Also:  Tompkins Oral History InterviewTownes, John E., Collection (MS 0487) A portion of the papers includes photographs concerning Townes's service with the U S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, 1908-1920.Upshur, William P., collection. (MS 0082)  Online Access  VMI Class of 1902; Major General, United States Marine Corps; Commanding General, Department of the Pacific during World War II; died 1943 in plane crash near Sitka, Alaska.  The collection consists of two inspection trip scrapbooks, May 1942 and 1943 documenting General Upshur's visits to various Pacific islands. Vivian, William R., Papers (MS 0494) A portion of the papers includes information about the 698th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II.Whittle, William M., Papers (MS 0098)Military papers (approx. 21 items) of Captain William M. Whittle, VMI Class of 1917. Whittle served in World War I with the 314th Machine Gun Battalion and was sent to France in May 1918. 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM9/15/2015 10:48:56 AM7/16/2007 1:19:14 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobMilitary History Manuscripts438A10330False09/15/2015 10:48:56 AM7/16/2007 01:19:14 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Military_History_Manuscripts/5577106ms00001title01/assets/0/430/438/881/6073DF55-D5D7-45D2-A654-446A769950F3.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM10/19/2007 11:22:29 AM7/30/2007 4:34:13 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00001title01881A10336073DF55-D5D7-45D2-A654-446A769950F3 11:22:29 AM7/30/2007 04:34:13 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM10/19/2007 11:22:31 AM7/30/2007 4:34:10 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00001title02881A103364E714F4-E833-4985-B91B-785A0F01E27B 11:22:31 AM7/30/2007 04:34:10 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM10/19/2007 11:22:33 AM7/30/2007 4:34:11 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00001title03881A1033EA62F046-CFF2-44A4-AABA-88DD35D12E92 11:22:33 AM7/30/2007 04:34:11 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:10 PM8/2/2007 1:26:08 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203pegramdetail959A10330202D6F9-B9B4-485D-88FE-A41F7B569E5F 01:26:10 PM8/2/2007 01:26:08 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:13 PM8/2/2007 1:26:11 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203pegramdetail2959A1033A6A76B9E-6A21-4E33-ABE1-79D49595CAEF 01:26:13 PM8/2/2007 01:26:11 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:18 PM8/2/2007 1:26:17 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203slaughter2959A1033588863E3-37F0-48CF-B27F-85F80735C85B 01:26:18 PM8/2/2007 01:26:17 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:31 PM8/2/2007 1:26:30 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203textbook959A1033DEE88513-1B20-446B-8A41-BB31AB974A38 01:26:31 PM8/2/2007 01:26:30 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:36 PM8/2/2007 1:26:35 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203titlepage959A1033A699F590-C665-47E0-BE96-911B24E93EA5 01:26:36 PM8/2/2007 01:26:35 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:39 PM8/2/2007 1:26:38 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203titlesm959A1033658789E3-F238-40AC-A6C1-38B98DC0C367 01:26:39 PM8/2/2007 01:26:38 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:26:42 PM8/2/2007 1:26:40 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203titlesm2959A1033AA45CA6E-C999-4072-9028-1C0145E5A8F0 01:26:42 PM8/2/2007 01:26:40 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:25:34 PM8/2/2007 1:25:33 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00203wmson959A103320B753B6-9248-4F6E-A1B9-6E766B2D8428 01:25:34 PM8/2/2007 01:25:33 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:30:32 PM8/2/2007 1:30:31 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00206_title961A10336AF09E88-E012-448B-8A66-F5EF5A3376A5 01:30:32 PM8/2/2007 01:30:31 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM8/2/2007 1:30:49 PM8/2/2007 1:30:48 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms00206_title2961A10338E89ECFD-C2E0-4B43-9103-6C512E54C892 01:30:49 PM8/2/2007 01:30:48 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png 12:00:00 AM10/10/2007 4:09:44 PM10/10/2007 4:09:43 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobms276d2969A103390DBCE28-35D1-4AC1-AB19-A60782996ADB 04:09:44 PM10/10/2007 04:09:43 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png History image collage/assets/0/430/438/d1a389d3-403f-4944-8f82-4ba7fe4f2d2f.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM8/22/2007 11:09:07 AM7/16/2007 10:26:22 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobOral History image collage438A1033D1A389D3-403F-4944-8F82-4BA7FE4F2D2F 11:09:07 AM7/16/2007 10:26:22 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png Papers Detailed Guide/Archives/Manuscripts/00001Rockenbach/Rockenbach_Papers_Detailed_Guide/Samuel Rockenbach Papers, Detailed Guide. A Guide to the Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers, 1889 1945 Accession Number mss 00001 © Virginia Military Institute Archives Administrative InformationAccess There are no restrictions. Use Restrictions There are no restrictions. Preferred Citation Samuel D.Samuel Rockenbach Papers, Detailed Guide.Rockenbach Papers top level A Guide to the Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers, 1889-1945Accession Number mss 00001© Virginia Military Institute ArchivesAdministrative InformationAccessThere are no restrictions.Use RestrictionsThere are no restrictions.Preferred CitationSamuel D. Rockenbach Papers, mss 00001, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Lexington, VA. Acquisition InformationThe collection was received from the estate of Samuel D. Rockenbach in 1953.Descriptive SummaryRepository: Virginia Military Institute Archives, Preston Library.Accession number: mss 00001Title: Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers 1889-1945Physical Characteristics: The collection consists of approximately 1000 items filed in 6 boxes.Language: EnglishAbstract: Papers (1889-1945) of United States Army officer Samuel Dickerson Rockenbach, notable for his role in the establishment of the U.S. Army Tank Corps during World War I and his postwar work in the development of tank warfare.Scope and Content Information The collection consists of papers (1,000 items) documenting Rockenbach's career in the United States Army. Topics include his duties as Engineer officer in Cuba (1898-1902), the Philippines (1903- 1910), in France as Chief of the Tank Corps, American Expeditionary Forces, 1917-1919, and his postwar work with the Tank Corps until his retirement in 1933. The collection contains correspondence and memoranda (1889- 1945), military orders (1891-1933), photographs, and miscellaneous personal documents (certificates, travel souvenirs, etc.). Tank Corps material includes operations reports (1918), numerous photographs of early tank designs and tank maneuvers, drawings of tank designs, and reports and minutes of the Inter-Allied Tank Committee. Also included are letters and photographs documenting the early army career of George S. Patton, Jr., who served under Rockenbach during World War I (ca. 15 items). Other notable correspondents are John J. Pershing, Leonard Wood, Douglas MacArthur, James G. Harbord, and Charles P. Summerall.Biographical/Historical Information Samuel Dickerson Rockenbach, United States Army officer, was born on January 27, 1869 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1889 and in 1891 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He married Emma Baldwin on October 19, 1898. Prior to World War I he saw tours of duty in Cuba, the Philippines, various U.S. posts, and served as a military observer in Germany in 1914. He arrived in France in June 1917 with the American Expeditionary Force and from 1917-1919 served as Chief of the newly formed Tank Corps, A.E.F. He was notable for his role in the establishment of the Tank Corps and for his work in the development of tank warfare.At the end of the war, Rockenbach continued his work with tanks, serving as the Army's Chief of the Tank Corps and as Commander of the Tank School at Camp Meade, Maryland. He retired to Brownsville, Texas in 1933 and died in 1952 at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC.Organization The collection is divided into 8 series:1. Correspondence and memoranda, 1889-19452. Military Orders, 1891-19333. Subject Files4. Articles by Rockenbach5. Speeches and Lectures6. Personal File7. Bound volumes and Printed Material8. PhotographsContainer List Series 1: Correspondence and Memoranda 1889-1945 Chronological 1889-1896 Box-folder: 1:1  1898 Box-folder: 1:2  1899-1902 Box-folder: 1:3  1903-1904 Box-folder: 1:4  1905-1909 Box-folder: 1:5  1910-1912 Box-folder: 1:6  1913-1916 Box-folder: 1:7  1917 Box-folder: 1:8  1918, January-June Box-folder: 1:9  1918, July-September Box-folder: 1:10  1918, October-December Box-folder: 1:11  1919, January-February Box-folder: 1:12  1919, March-April Box-folder: 1:13  1919 May-December Box-folder: 1:14  1920 Box-folder: 1:15  1921 Box-folder: 1:16  1922, January-June Box-folder: 1:17  1922, July-December Box-folder: 1:18  1923, January-June Box-folder: 1:19  1923, July-December Box-folder: 1:20  1924 Box-folder: 1:21  1925 Box-folder: 1:22  1926 Box-folder: 1:23  1927-1928 Box-folder: 1:24  1929 Box-folder: 1:25  1930-1945 Box-folder: 1:26  Undated correspondence and memoranda Box-folder: 1:27    Series 2: Military Orders 1891-1933 Chronological 1891-1899 Box-folder: 2:1  1900-1903 Box-folder: 2:2  1904-1909 Box-folder: 2:3  1910-1912 Box-folder: 2:4  1913-1916 Box-folder: 2:5  1917 Box-folder: 2:6  1918 Box-folder: 2:7  1919 Box-folder: 2:8  1920-1933 Box-folder: 2:9  Index to World War I Orders Box-folder: 2:10    Series 3: Subject Files Alphabetical Baltic Society Box-folder: 3:1  French Tank Service and School Box-folder: 3:2  Germany- Military Observation Trip 1914-1915 Box-folder: 3:3 Instructions, Reports, and miscellanyInter-Allied Tank Committee 1918, May 6-7 Box-folder: 3:4 Minutes of the 1st sessionInter-Allied Tank Committee 1918, May 6-7 Box-folder: 3:5 Reports and Resolutions from the 1st sessionInter-Allied Tank Committee 1918 June 5 Box-folder: 3:6 Minutes of the 2nd sessionInter-Allied Tank Committee 1918 July 8 Box-folder: 3:7 Agenda and Minutes from the 3rd sessionInter-Allied Tank Committee 1918 October 10 Box-folder: 3:8 Minutes of the 4th sessionInter-Allied Tank Committee 1918 May Box-folder: 3:9 Reports, including a report by Lt. Col. George S. Patton, Jr.Inter-Allied Tank Committee Box-folder: 3:10 Misc. related documentsPatton, George S., Jr. Box-folder: 3:10A  St. Nazaire Association Box-folder: 3:11  Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:12 Operations Report, 1918 September-NovemberTank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:13 Operations Report, Appendix 1"Comparative Plan of Renault and Mark VIII Tank"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:14 Operations Report, Appendix 2"Organization Tank Corps AEF"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:15 Operations Report, Appendix 3"Organization Tank Corps 1st Army"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:16 Operations Report, Appendix 4"Operations Report 304th Tank Brigade, St. Mihiel Salient"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:17 Operations Report, Appendix 5"Report of Commander of 1st French Brigade, St. Mihiel operation"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:18 Operations Report, Appendix 6"Operations Report, 304th Tank Brigade, Meuse-Argonne offensive"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:19 Operations Report, Appendix 7"Report of Commander, 1st French Tank Brigade, Meuse-Argonne"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:20 Operations Report, Appendix 8"Report of Operations, 2nd Tank Brigade, 301st Battalion"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:21 Operations Report, Appendix 9"Commendations on Work of Tank Corps"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:22 Operations Report, Appendix 10"Position and duties of Chief of Tank Corps, AEF"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:23 Service Record, 301st Tank Battalion.Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:24 Casualties ListTank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:25 "Personal Notes"Tank Corps, World War I Box-folder: 3:26 "Notes on tank economics"Tank Corps, Postwar Box-folder: 3:27 Organization proposal, 1921Tank School, Camp Meade Box-folder: 3:28 Report on organization and objectivesTanks Box-folder: 3:29 Diagrams and BlueprintsVirginia Military Institute Box-folder: 3:30 Notes on the Class of 1889, letter of recommendation, order  Series 4: Articles by Rockenbach "The Tank School at Camp Meade" 1922 Box-folder: 4:1  "American Tanks" 1923 Box-folder: 4:2  "Weight and Dimensions of Tanks" 1923 Box-folder: 4:3  "General Pershing's Influence in Connection with my work in the AEF" 1934 Box-folder: 4:4  "American Tanks Since the World War" Box-folder: 4:5  "The Tank Corps of the AEF" Box-folder: 4:6  Articles-Miscellaneous Box-folder: 4:7    Series 5: Speeches and Lectures "The Tank Corps- What the General and General Staff officers Should Know" 1919 Box-folder: 4:8  "The Tank Corps- A Talk to the General Staff" 1919 Box-folder: 4:9  "Remarks at Conference of Department and Division Commanders" 1920 Box-folder: 4:10  "Tanks in the World War" 1922 Box-folder: 4:11  "Tanks" 1923 Box-folder: 4:12  "Tanks: Functions in Relation to Design" undated Box-folder: 4:13    Series 6: Personal File Certificates of Award, War Service Box-folder: 4:14  Certificates, Miscellaneous Box-folder: 4:15  Service Records and Efficiency Report Box-folder: 4:16  Postcards, Europe, Souvenir 1914-1915 Box-folder: 4:17  Mementos from Paris Trip 1926 Box-folder: 4:18  Invitations Box-folder: 4:19  Christmas Cards Box-folder: 4:20  Clippings about Rockenbach Box-folder: 4:21  Miscellaneous Box-folder: 4:22    Series 7: Bound Volumes and Printed Material Reports and orders, 1888 to 1920 The Final Report of General John J. Pershing Pamphlets and Misc. publications  Series 8: Photographs Alphabetical Baltic Club Box-folder: 6:1  Coolidge, Calvin (with Rockenbach, Pershing and others) Box-folder: 6:2  Cotesworth, E. Robert Box-folder: 6:3  Cuba--San Juan Hill Box-folder: 6:3A  Gleaves, Albert (Admiral) Box-folder: 6:4  Harbord, James G. Box-folder: 6:5  Lindbergh, Charles Box-folder: 6:5A  Parades Box-folder: 6:6  Patton, George S., Jr. Box-folder: 6:6A  Pershing, John J. (General) Box-folder: 6:7  Philippines Box-folder: 6:8  Rockenbach, Emma Box-folder: 6:8A  Rockenbach, Samuel D. Box-folder: 6:9  Rockenbach, Samuel D. and Emma Box-folder: 6:10  Spanish American War-Artillery Box-folder: 6:11  Spanish American War-War Memorials Box-folder: 6:12  Tank Corps, soldiers and officers Box-folder: 6:13  Tanks Corps, basketball and football teams Box-folder: 6:14  Tank Corps, manuevers Box-folder: 6:15  Tank Corps, 16th Tank Battalion Box-folder: 6:16  Tank School, Camp Meade Box-folder: 6:17  Tanks Box-folder: 6:18  Tanks Box-folder: 6:19  Tanks Box-folder: 6:20  World War I- American Expeditionary Force arrives in Paris, July 1917 Box-folder: 6:21  World War I- AEF officers Box-folder: 6:22  World War I- Cemetery, St. Nazaire, France Box-folder: 6:23  World War I- War Memorial, Lynchburg, VA Box-folder: 6:24  World War I- French farmers, countryside Box-folder: 6:25  World War I- Troop ships Box-folder: 6:26  Miscellaneous and unidentified Box-folder: 6:27    1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM6/12/2012 2:41:04 PM9/17/2007 4:09:16 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobRockenbach Papers Detailed Guide881A10330False06/12/2012 02:41:04 PM9/17/2007 04:09:16 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/00001Rockenbach/Rockenbach_Papers_Detailed_Guide/5579ContentSamuel Rockenbach Papers and Exhibit/Archives/Manuscripts/00001Rockenbach/Samuel_Rockenbach_Papers_and_Exhibit/Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers World War I Tank Corps Collection Guide & Online Exhibit Military History Manuscripts top level Samuel Dickerson Rockenbach, United States Army officer, was born on January 27, 1869 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was graduated from theSamuel D. Rockenbach PapersWorld War I Tank CorpsCollection Guide & Online ExhibitMilitary History Manuscripts top levelView the Online ExhibitSamuel Dickerson Rockenbach, United States Army officer, was born on January 27, 1869 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1889 and in 1891 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He married Emma Baldwin on October 19, 1898. Prior to World War I he saw tours of duty in Cuba, the Philippines, various U.S. posts, and served as a military observer in Germany in 1914. He arrived in France in June 1917 with the American Expeditionary Force and from 1917-1919 served as Chief of the newly formed Tank Corps, A.E.F. He was notable for his role in the establishment of the Tank Corps and for his work in the development of tank warfare.At the end of the war, Rockenbach continued his work with tanks, serving as the Army's Chief of the Tank Corps and as Commander of the Tank School at Camp Meade, Maryland. He retired to Brownsville, Texas in 1933 and died in 1952 at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC.The papers contain approximately 1000 items that document Rockenbach's career in the United States Army. Included are correspondence and memoranda (1889-1945), military orders (1891-1933), Tank Corps operations reports (1918), numerous photographs of early tank designs and tank maneuvers, drawings of tank designs, and reports and minutes of the Inter-Allied Tank Committee. Also included are letters and photographs documenting the early army career of George S. Patton, Jr., who served under Rockenbach during World War I (ca. 15 items). Other notable correspondents are John J. Pershing, Leonard Wood, Douglas MacArthur, James G. Harbord, and Charles P. Summerall.For additional information about the Rockenbach Papers, see the detailed online guide to this collection.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM9/11/2015 2:51:14 PM7/30/2007 4:39:08 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobSamuel Rockenbach Papers and Exhibit881A10330False09/11/2015 02:51:14 PM7/30/2007 04:39:08 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/00001Rockenbach/Samuel_Rockenbach_Papers_and_Exhibit/31675ContentScrapbooks Overview & Exhibit/Archives/Manuscripts/Scrapbooks_Overview___Exhibit/Cadet Life Scrapbooks Collection Overview and Online Exhibit The VMI Archives collection include many examples of cadet scrapbooksm popular from about 1910 through 1940 and reaching their heyday during the 1920's.  They provide a wonderful snapshot of cadet life andCadet Life: ScrapbooksCollection Overview and Online ExhibitVMI History & Cadet Life Manuscripts Top LevelThe VMI Archives collection includes many examples of cadet scrapbooks.  We have examples from 1910 through the 1950's; they reached the height of popularity in the 1920's.  A typical scrapbook contains snapshots; memorabilia such as dance, athletic, and play programs; clippings from magazines and newspapers, and other items that reflect daily cadet life and the wider popular culture.  View Online Exhibit. Cadet Leopold von Schilling Scrapbook, 1922-1925 Scrapbooks in Our Collection: 1910-1919 Austin, Samuel L., Scrapbook (MS #0427)Cadet scrapbook of Samuel L. Austin, VMI Class of 1921, covering the period 1916-1919. The scrapbook contains over 100 snapshots, as well as dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.Beeton, Francis E., scrapbook. (MS#0133)Biographical note: Francis Emerson Beeton, b. 1890, Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1912; post office supervisor; died 1981, Falls Church, VA. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by Francis E. Beeton, VMI Class of 1912. Contents include photographs taken in 1909 during his VMI cadetship.Bolling, Robert W., scrapbook. (MS#0459)Scrapbook, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1920.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, and other VMI memorabilia.  Topics of the photographs include his classmates and friends, cadet life, athletics, and VMI buildings.Bundy, Richard J., scrapbook. (MS#0493)Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Robert W. Bolling , Virginia Military Institute Class of 1922.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.  Topics of the photographs include his classmates and friends, cadet life, athletics, and VMI buildings.Carter,J. Prescott, Scrapbook (MS #0488)James Prescott Carter graduated from VMI in 1919 and spent his career as a banking executive and economic consultant. This scrapbook, circa 1919, contains only a few VMI-related pages; it consists primarily of postcards collected during a European trip.Hammond, Gordon. Scrapbook (MS #0434)Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Gordon Hammond, VMI Class of 1919, covering the academic year 1915-1916. Included are snapshots, dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.Jackson, Montgomery C., scrapbook. (MS #0124)Biographical note: Montgomery C. Jackson, b. 1900, Petersburg, VA; VMI Class of 1920; U.S. Army officer; d. 1972, Carmel, CA; buried Petersburg. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook, 1916-1920, compiled by Cadet Montgomery C. Jackson. Includes photographs of cadet life (classmates, dances, athletic events) and buildings; clippings and other memorabilia.Lowry, Sumter D., scrapbook (MS #0260)Biographical note: Sumter deLeon Lowry, b. 1893; VMI Class of 1914; Lt. Gen., United States Army; d. 1985, Tampa FL. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Sumter Lowry. Includes photographs of camp; clippings; miscellaneous documents concerning cadet life, 1910-1914.Milton, William H., scrapbook (MS #0200)Biographical note: William Hammond Milton, Jr., b. 1900, Roanoke, VA; VMI Class of 1920; executive, General Electric Company; VMI Superintendent, 1952-1960; d. 1984, Schenectady, NY. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet William H. Milton, Jr. Includes photographs and other mementos collected during his cadetship, 1916-1920.Morton, Theodore F., scrapbooks (MS #0207)Biographical note: Theodore Feild Morton b. 1899 Ft. Worth, TX; VMI Class of 1919; attorney; d. 1978 Ft. Worth.Descriptive note: The collection consists of three VMI scrapbooks compiled by Cadet Theodore Morton during the period 1916-1919. Included are photographs, dance programs, & other VMI memorabilia.Munce, Marshall G., scrapbook (MS #0204)Biographical note: Marshall Gilliam Munce, b. 1896 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1917; World War I veteran; businessman; d. 1977, York PA. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI cadet Marshall G. Munce, during the period 1913-1917.Nelson, Nathan H., scrapbook. (MS #0140)Biographical note: Nathan Henry Nelson, b. 1902, Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1922; 1st Lt., Coast Artillery Corps, 1942-1944; businessman; d. 1972, Long Island, NY. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook, 1918-1922, compiled by Cadet Nathan H. Nelson. Contains photographs, clippings, & other mementos. Subjects include buildings, athletics, social events, classmates. Also contains a few annotations by Nelson.Smith, Philip. Scrapbook. (MS#0132)Biographical note: Philip Smith, b. 1893, Cameron MO; VMI Class of 1914; construction supervisor and landscape designer; d. 1948, Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note:VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Philip Smith. Includes photographs (individual cadets, cadet life, buildings, Lexington, Goshen), invitations, programs, and other VMI memorabilia.Springs, Eli B., scrapbook. (MS#0131)Biographical note: Eli Baxter Springs, b. 1894, Ft. Mill, SC; VMI Class of 1915; 2nd Lt., Army Air Service, 1917-1919; businessman and stockbroker in Charlotte, NC; d. 1977, Charlotte, NC. Descriptive note: VMI Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Eli B. Springs. Includes clippings, programs, invitations, and other memorabilia from the academic years 1911-1912 and 1912-1913.Tangi Meli Scrapbook. (MS #054)Tangi Meli was a cadet social club organized ca. 1912, one of several such "semi-secret" societies that appeared in the years after fraternities were outlawed at VMI. Scrapbook (1912-1916) contains material about club and VMI activities.1920's Bell, James N., Scrapbook (MS#0481)VMI scrapbook, 1922-1926, compiled by Cadet James N. Bell, Class of 1926.  Includes photographs of cadet life, classmates, buildings; newspaper clippings (documenting athletic and other events) and memorabilia such as dance programs.Dewey, Franklin H., Scrapbook. (MS #0463)VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Franklin H. Dewey, Class of 1929, covering the period 1926-1929.  It contains candid photographs of cadet life in the 1920's, classmates, buildings, athletics; and memorabilia such as programs, clippings, and misc. documents.Doty, Mark H., Scrapbook. (MS #099)Biographical note: Mark Hanahan Doty, b. 1902 Winnsboro, South Carolina; graduate VMI Class of 1924; businessman; d. 1968, Winnsboro. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Doty, 1921-1924. Contains photographs of cadet life, classmates, buildings, athletics. Memorabilia (programs, clippings) also included.East, J. Frank, scrapbook (MS #0196)Biographical note: John Franklin East, Jr., b. 1901 Norfolk, VA; VMI Class of 1924; shipping business; d. 1979 Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet J. Frank East, documenting his cadetship (1920-1924). Includes photographs of buildings, people, and the ROTC Cavalry unit; dance programs, sports souvenirs, other memorabilia.Guthrie, James, scrapbook (MS #0489)VMI scrapbook, covering the 1928-1929 school year, compiled by Cadet James B. Guthrie (b. 1907 d. 1984) of Birmingham, Alabama.Hanger, George D., scrapbook (MS #0264)Biographical note: George DeLancey Hanger, b. 1907, Portsmouth, VA; World War II veteran; businessman; d. 1992, Norfolk VA. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet George D. Hanger during his cadetship, 1924-1928. Includes photographs, programs, and other VMI mementos.Hannah, Andrew L., scrapbook (MS #0261)Biographical note: Andrew Lee Hannah, Jr., b. 1903, Portsmouth, VA ; VMI Class of 1924; United States Air Force officer; d. 1982. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook, 1920-1924, compiled by Cadet Andrew Hannah. Includes photographs depicting cadet life; programs, and other VMI mementos.Hopkins, William A., scrapbook (MS #0259)Biographical note: William Addison Hopkins, Jr., b. 1903 Lynchburg, VA; VMI Class of 1925; businessman; d. 1971 Newport News, VA. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet William A. Hopkins during the years 1921-1925. Contains autographs and nicknames of classmates; items concerning athletic events; photographs; dance programs and other VMI mementos.Meyers, Bennet A., scrapbook (MS #0312)Scrapbook (1925-1929) compiled by VMI Cadet Bennet A. Meyers, Class of 1929. Includes photographs, autographs of cadets, memorabilia (dance programs, printed material).Moss, Clement M., scrapbook (MS #0458)Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Clement M. Moss , Virginia Military Institute Class of 1921, covering the period 1919-1921.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.Payne, John B., Scrapbook (MS#0483)VMI scrapbook, 1917-1921, compiled by Cadet John B. Payne, Class of 1921. Includes photographs of cadet life, athletics, classmates, buildings; newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.Rice, Hugh B., Scrapbook (MS#0139)VMI scrapbook, 1919-1923, compiled by Cadet Hugh B. Rice. Contains photographs (including ROTC cavalry unit), programs, playbills, and other VMI memorabilia.Schmidt, Alfred C., Scrapbook (MS #055) Schmidt (1901-1976; graduate VMI Class of 1923) compiled this scrapbook during his cadetship, 1919-1923. Includes photographs, clippings, dance and finals programs, misc. class notes/exercises.  Von Schilling, Leopold M., Scrapbook (MS #0433) Von Schilling (Class of 1926) compiled this scrapbook during his cadetship, 1922-1925. Included are snapshots, dance programs, clippings, drawings, and other VMI memorabilia.Wallace, Robert L., collection (MS #0388)The collection consists of the VMI account book of Cadet Robert L. Wallace (VMI Class of 1924, of Chase City, Virginia), containing entries for cadet expenses, 1920-1924; and a scrapbook fragment (ca. 21 pages), containing photographs of cadets and cadet life, clippings, and other VMI mementos.Watson, William H., scrapbook (MS #0201)Biographical note: William Henry Watson, Jr., b. 1907, Marianna, FL; VMI Class of 1927; Officer, United States Navy; d. 1974 Newport, RI. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet William H. Watson. Includes photographs and other VMI memorabilia, 1923-1925.Woodward, Richard R., Scrapbook (MS #0199)Biographical note: Richard Rawles Woodward, b. 1905 Suffolk, VA; VMI Class of 1926; Marine Corps officer during World War II; businessman; d. 1982 Suffolk, VA. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet Richard R. Woodward. Contains photographs of cadet life and other VMI memorabilia, 1922-1926.1930's Bagby, Pleasant H., scrapbook (MS #0202)Biographical note: Pleasant Harwood Bagby, b. 1910 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1932; LTC United States Army during World War II; businessman. Descriptive note: Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet Pleasant H. Bagby. Included are photographs, dance programs, and other VMI memorabilia, 1928-1932.Beverly, Alexander C., scrapbook (MS #0500). Class of 1936.Garbutt, William H., scrapbook (MS #0482)VMI scrapbook, 1929-1930, compiled by Cadet William A. Garbutt, Class of 1933. Garbutt attended for one year.  Includes photographs of cadet life, classmates, buildings; newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.Jones, Reverdy H., Jr. Scrapbook (MS #0491)Scrapbook compiled by Jones (Virginia Military Institute Class of 1934) during his cadetship, 1930-1934. Includes photographs of cadet life, buildings, events; newspaper clippings; dance and other programs; misc. VMI memorabilia. Meriwether, Willis J., Jr. Scrapbook (MS #0498)Scrapbook compiled by Jones (Virginia Military Institute Class of 1933) during his cadetship, 1929-1933. Includes photographs of cadet life, buildings, events; newspaper clippings; dance and other programs; misc. VMI memorabilia. Nunnamaker, Harold., Scrapbook (MS #0258)Biographical note: Harold Nunnamaker, b. 1910 Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1933; businessman; d. 1976, Richmond. Descriptive note: Fragment (ca. 1931-1932) of a VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet Harold Nunnamaker. Includes photos of camp, buildings, cadet life; misc. clippings; one item concerning the Yorktown sesquicentennial celebration in 1931.Torrington, Francis. Scrapbook (MS #0311)Scrapbook fragment, 1939-1940, compiled by Cadet Francis R. Torrington, VMI Class of 1940. Includes VMI memorabilia and snapshots.Vivian, William R., scrapbook. (MS#0494)Scrapbook, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1932.  Included are snapshots,  dance programs, clippings, and other VMI memorabilia.  Topics of the photographs include his classmates and friends, cadet life, athletics, and VMI buildings.Walshe, William B. (MS #0500). Class of 1932 White, Wyndham K. (MS #0500).  Class of 1931 1940's Dobyns, Samuel W., scrapbook. (MS #0146)  A scrapbook documenting VMI's first Air Force ROTC Training Camp, held at Langley Air Force Base in 1948. The scrapbook was compiled by Samuel W. Dobyns, VMI Class of 1941 & Professor of Civil Engineering.Moyer, Frederick M., scrapbook. (MS #0138)  Scrapbook, 1942-1948, compiled by Cadet Frederick M. Moyer, containing clippings, photographs, letters and other mementos, most concerning his VMI wrestling career.Smith, Robert N., Class of 1947, scrapbook. (MS #501). Cadet life, ca. 1947-1950.1950's Gwathmey, Lomax, Jr., scrapbook (MS #0224)  Scrapbook compiled by VMI Cadet Lomax Gwathmey, documenting his cadetship. Includes photographs of the Class of 1958 Ring Figure; President Dwight D. Eisenhower greeting VMI Glee Club members; scenes from everyday cadet life; programs, clippings, and other memorabilia. Also includes 2 photographs dating from Gwathmey's tour of duty in Vietnam.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM8/2/2012 9:40:57 AM11/19/2008 10:43:05 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobScrapbooks Overview & Exhibit438A10330False08/2/2012 09:40:57 AM11/19/2008 10:43:05 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/Scrapbooks_Overview___Exhibit/16719106Superintendent's Residence/assets/0/430/438/969/3ffbb01a-0389-42da-af7b-18342a3307f3.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM10/10/2007 4:11:31 PM10/10/2007 4:09:39 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobSuperintendent's Residence969A10333FFBB01A-0389-42DA-AF7B-18342A3307F3 04:11:31 PM10/10/2007 04:09:39 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png B. Williamson Papers Guide/uploadedFiles/Archives/Manuscripts/00206WilliamsonSB/MS00206_guide.pdf1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM9/19/2007 9:41:50 AM9/19/2007 9:41:50 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobSydney B. Williamson Papers Guide961A10330False09/19/2007 09:41:50 AM9/19/2007 09:41:50 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/uploadedFiles/Archives/Manuscripts/00206WilliamsonSB/MS00206_guide.pdf14125ContentSydney B. Williamson Papers Home/Archives/Manuscripts/00206WilliamsonSB/Sydney_B__Williamson_Papers_Home/Sydney Bacon Williamson Papers Panama Canal Engineer Collection Guide & Online Exhibit Sydney Bacon Williamson was born on April 15, 1865 in Lexington, Virginia, the son of VMI Professor Thomas H. Williamson. He was graduated from the Virginia Military InstituteSydney Bacon Williamson PapersPanama Canal EngineerOnline Exhibit & Collection GuideView the Online Exhibit:  Panama Canal Historical PhotosDetailed guide to this collectionSydney Bacon Williamson was born on April 15, 1865 in Lexington, Virginia, the son of VMI Professor Thomas H. Williamson. He was graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1884 and shortly thereafter began a distinguished career in Civil Engineering. Most notably, he served as Division Engineer of the Pacific Division of Panama Canal from 1907-1914. Williamson was responsible for wet and dry excavation of the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks; he also helped design and oversaw construction of the Pacific Terminal docks; and the water supply, sewers, roads and streets for the towns of the division including the city of Panama.The bulk of the collection documents Williamson's engineering assignments in Panama, South America, and the United States, and his service on the Interoceanic Canal Board. The collection consists of the following series: Biographical and historical materials; Correspondence; Project and Planning Files; Engineering Drawings and Specifications; Reports, Papers and Speeches; Photographs; Printed Materials and Miscellaneous. The sizable group of material relating to the construction of the Panama Canal is of particular importance. Included are numerous photographs recording in detail the massive task of constructing the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, as well as images of President William H. Taft's inspection visits. Many of these photographs are unpublished.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM9/10/2015 10:58:21 AM9/10/2007 2:19:32 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobSydney B. Williamson Papers Home961A10330False09/10/2015 10:58:21 AM9/10/2007 02:19:32 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/00206WilliamsonSB/Sydney_B__Williamson_Papers_Home/36983106vmail/assets/0/430/438/3253/5693f260-ed10-42c7-a9b8-5ec311b4d4c6.jpg1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM3/9/2009 2:45:35 PM3/9/2009 2:45:33 PM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMDianeJacobvmail3253A10335693F260-ED10-42C7-A9B8-5EC311B4D4C6 02:45:35 PM3/9/2009 02:45:33 PMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png History & Cadet Life/Archives/Manuscripts/VMI_History___Cadet_Life/Institute History and Cadet Life Go to Institute History & Cadet Life for | 1839 1851 | | 1851 1860 |  | 1861 1865 | | 1866 1869 | | 1870's | | 1880's | | 1890's | | 1900 1919 |  | 1920's | | 1930's | | 1940's | | 1950's | | 1960's to date | | Collections common to all eras | Other sectionsLetters, Diaries, & ManuscriptsVMI History and Cadet LifeAbout this list:  This brief guide is made available for researchers who want to quickly browse manuscripts relating to the VMI History and Cadet Life.   For in-depth information about these and all manuscript holdings, please consult the VMI Archives Catalog . The catalog contains detailed descriptive records and links to online access when available, and is the best tool for searching our manuscripts holdings.  Collections which are available online are designated in this list with Online AccessFor other sections of the brief guide series see: Letters, Diaries, & Manuscripts HomeJump to:1851-18601861-18651866-18691870's1880's1890's1900-19191920's1930's1940's1950's1960's to dateAll erasFor detailed descriptive information about all of our manuscript holdings, please consult the VMI Archives Catalog Cadet Life, 1839-1851Brown, Alexander S.,  letters (MS 0217) Two letters from Washington College student Alexander S. Brown to his sister, dated 1846 September 20 & 1848 September 7. The 1846 letter mentions the Cincinnati military class, in which Washington College students participated in military training conducted by VMI staff.Bowyer, John P., letter of recommendation (MS 0162)Biographical note: John Preston Bowyer, b. ca. 1829; VMI Class of 1849; served with U.S. Volunteers in Mexican War; d. 1849, at sea, while in route to California. Descriptive note: One letter (September 18, 1847) from VMI Superintendent Francis H. Smith to Gen. E.C. Carrington, recommending an army commission for John P. Bowyer. Bowyer had volunteered for service in the Mexican War, in which he subsequently served.Campbell, Nathaniel H., letter (MS 0191)Biographical note: Nathaniel Henry Campbell, b. 1824 Bedford Co., VA; VMI Class of 1843; lawyer and banker; d. 1867 Bedford, VA. Descriptive note: One letter (1841 May 27) from VMI Cadet Nathaniel H. Campbell to Congressman William L. Goggin. Campbell requests Goggin's assistance in obtaining a position in the army.Cary, John M., papers (MS 0156) Biographical note: John Mathews Cary, b. 1829 Lewisburg, West Virginia; VMI Class of 1848; teacher and engineer; d. 1853, Lewisburg. Descriptive note: Papers, 3 items, of John M. Cary, consisting of appointment to a state cadetship at VMI (July 1845); Cary's letter of acceptance (July 8, 1845); and one letter of recommendation by Board of Visitors member William H. Terrill, dated Sept. 19, 1849. Cary had served as a tutor for Terrill's children.Derby, Charles A., Papers (MS 0030)  Online Access Selected PapersCollection summary: Correspondence and other papers (ca. 60 items) of Charles A. Derby (VMI Class of 1848) of Dinwiddie County, Virginia. In 1848, Derby began a career in education which included teaching positions at various schools in Virginia and Alabama. In 1854 entered Episcopal ministry; took charge of St. Peter's Church, Lowndes County, Alabama. Joined 44th Alabama Infantry Regiment in 1862; killed September 17, 1862 at Battle of Antietam (Md.)Bulk of papers consist of Derby family correspondence (42 letters), including 25 letters written by Charles Derby. Six letters were written from VMI (1846-1847); others date from his career as a teacher & clergyman in Alabama and from his CSA service. Also drawings and misc. other items.Dorman, Charles P., Papers (MS 0066) Biographical note: Gen. Charles P. Dorman, b. 1794, Lexington, VA.; lawyer; member, Virginia legislature; instrumental in gaining passage of bill creating VMI; VMI Board of Visitors, 1839-1848; Brig. Gen. Virginia Militia; d. 1849 near Lexington. Descriptive note: Papers (approx 60 items) consist of letters to Dorman in his capacity as attorney; documents regarding the settlement of his estate by executor William C. Lewis; contemporary copy of the legislative bill establishing VMI.Early, John F.,  Papers (MS 0012) Online Access Selected Diary EntriesFive letters and a one volume diary-notebook kept by Cadet Early (b. 1830 d. 1894) during the two years he attended VMI, 1848-1850.  Documents late 1840's cadet life.Fitzhugh, Philip A., Papers (MS 0067) Biographical note: Philip A. Fitzhugh, b. 1824, Middlesex Co., VA.; graduate, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1846; physician; CSA veteran; d. 1908 Northampton, Co., VA. Descriptive note: Misc. papers, most dating from cadetship. Include 6 letters from Fitzhugh to his brother, containing many references to cadet life (graduation; hazing "plebes"; death of Henry C. Reid, Class of 1846; Washington College students, called "minks"); handwritten issue of a cadet newspaper called "The Royal Caroline," dated March 21, 1846; VMI letter of appointment and 2 grade reports; invitation to Society of Cadets meeting; medical school speech; letter to Fitzhugh from Henry T. Lee regarding Daniel Lee Powell, VMI Class of 1844.Gatewood, Robert,  notebook-diary (MS 0300) Biographical note: Robert Gatewood, b 1829; VMI Class of 1849; educator, Episcopal clergyman, Principal of Norfolk (VA) Academy; d. 1909. Descriptive note: Manuscript notebook-diary (1849-1853) of Robert Gatewood. Entries include original and copied poetry dating from his last year at VMI; essays; diary entries dating from period 1851-1853, written while Gatewood was teaching at the College of William and Mary. Diary entries and notes frequently have a religious theme.Gibbons, Simeon., Notebook (MS 0046) One volume commonplace book which belonged to Cadet Gibbons (Class of 1852), containing notes, poetry, lists and misc. other writing, 1849-1852.Gibbs, Philip C., notebook (MS 0106). Biographical note: Philip Cromwell Gibbs, b. 1831; graduate VMI Class of 1851; teacher and merchant; died 1859, Booneville, Missouri. Descriptive note: Notebook (ca. 145 pages) reflecting cadet life 1848-1851. Includes accounts of Corps trips to Richmond, Petersburg, Norfolk and Rockbridge Alum Springs; cadet poetry and essays; addresses delivered before the Cadet Dialectic Society (a cadet debating society); discussion of exams (1851) in English and Natural Philosophy; an account of "An Oyster Supper---A Frolic After Taps"; and an account of "our last bible recitation," in which Gibbs describes the last session of his cadetship with Superintendent Francis H. Smith.Green, William J., letter (MS 0155)Biographical note: William James Green, b. 1825 Falmouth, Virginia; VMI Class of 1846; farmer and merchant; Lt. Col., 47th Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; killed in action at Cold Harbor, 1862. Descriptive note: One letter (September 10, 1843) from Cadet Green to his father. Green describes, in detail, the Corps' march to Rockbridge Alum, Warm, Hot, and White Sulphur Springs.Moncure, Thomas J., letter (MS 0468)  Online AccessSept. 1849 letter from Cadet Thomas J. Moncure (VMI Class of 1853) to his father, William A. Moncure, written while he was a fourth classman ("rat") at VMI. Pitzer, Eliza L., letter. (MS 0114) Biographical note: Eliza Lewis Pitzer (dates unknown), of Roanoke Co., VA, daughter of Andrew Lewis and Jane McClanahan; mother of Andrew Lewis Pitzer, b. 1827 Roanoke Co., VA; VMI Class of 1848; Maj. 2nd Virginia Cavalry, CSA; farmer; married Martha Walton, 1849; d. 1896 Roanoke VA.Descriptive note: One letter from Eliza L. Pitzer to her son, VMI Cadet Andrew L. Pitzer, dated November 25, 1845. She discusses news from home, family and personal matters.Powell, Daniel Lee. Letters. (MS 0076) Biographical note: b. 1826, Winchester, Virginia; graduate VMI Class of 1847; teacher; died 1871, Winchester. Descriptive note: One letter (July 15, 1844) from Henry T. Lee (Class of 1845 & Powell's uncle) to Cadets Fitzhugh and Keeling, requesting that they treat Powell with kindness. One letter (August 22, 1846) from Cadet Powell to his mother, describing guard duty at "Camp Crozet"; purchase of clothing; family news. PhotographSaunders, James D., letter. (MS 0247) Biographical note: James D. Saunders, Jr., b. 1824 Lynchburg, VA; VMI Class of 1845; merchant; died in duel in Lynchburg, 1851. Descriptive note: One letter (November 24, 1842) from Cadet James Saunders to his cousin John Mitchell. Saunders describes hardships of cadet life, the dullness of Lexington, VMI's 3rd anniversary (Founders Day) celebration, a storm damaging the north wall of Barracks, and mentions Edward C. Carrington, Class of 1844. One of the earliest extant cadet personal letters.Saunders, Valentine Cook. Letter. (MS 00071) Online AccessBiographical note: b. 1820 Leesburg, Virginia; graduate and valedictorian, VMI Class of 1842; teacher; d. 1894, Leesburg. Descriptive note: Letter from Cadet Saunders to his parents is the oldest extant letter written by a VMI cadet. Dated November 30, 1839, shortly after the first cadets arrived in Lexington, the letter provides a cadet's view of the newly established Institute.Steenbergen, John W., Papers. (MS 0471) Steenbergen graduated from VMI in 1849 and spent his life as a farmer in Mason County, West Virginia.  The papers consist of four items dating from his cadetship: A one volume notebook containing copied poetry and miscellaneous notes; two essays; and his VMI account book documenting school expenses, 1846-1849Strange, John B., letter. (MS 0153)  Online AccessBiographical note: b. 1823, Fluvanna Co., VA; d. 1862 Sept 14, in battle (South Mountain, MD); graduate, VMI Class of 1842; Col., 19th Virginia Infantry; educator. Descriptive note: One letter written by Cadet Strange to his sister Anne. Dated June 23, 1840. Discusses final exams, new buildings at VMI, roommates, personal/family matters.Tyler, James E., letter. (MS 0074) Biographical note: born ca. 1826; non graduate, VMI Class of 1845; from Richmond, Virginia. No post-VMI information. Descriptive note: One letter (May 14, 1846) from VMI alumnus James E. Tyler to President James K. Polk, requesting a commission in the Army or Marine Corps. Tyler mentions recommendations from Francis H.. Smith and John T. L. Preston, and states that he was an "inmate" of VMI for two years.Waller Family Papers (MS 0484) The collection contains correspondence (1821-1849) to and from various members of the William M. Waller family of Amherst County, Virginia. Includes VMI Appointment document (1848) for William M. Waller (Class of 1852).Yager, William O., Journal. (MS 0188)  Biographical note: William Overall Yager, b. 1833, Luray, VA; VMI Class of 1852; Col., 1st Texas Cavalry CSA; School Superintendent and banker; d. 1904, Luray. Descriptive note:Fragment , approximately 25 pages, of a journal kept by Cadet William O. Yager, 1849-1852. The bulk concerns a dispute between his classmates John A. Thompson and William M. Gordon that led to a court of inquiry/court martial. The journal also contains lists of roommates and poetry.Founders Day Cadet Speech. (MS 0466)  A four page holograph manuscript containing the text of a speech given by an unidentified cadet on the Institute's first Founders Day anniversary, November 11, 1843.  "…with you in a great degree it rests to sustain the name of the Institution which herafter you will be proud to acknowledge as your Alma Mater…the brightest hopes and fondest dreams of our Common State…."1851-1860Arnold, William E., notebook. (MS 0018)  Poetry notebook compiled by William E. Arnold (VMI Class of 1853), during the period 1849-1864. Such notebooks were popular among cadets of the mid-19th century. Contains ca. 50 poems by Arnold, other cadets, various 19th century poets, and anonymous authors.  Notebook also includes miscellany such as clippings, puzzles, and riddles.Barksdale, Thomas F., papers. (MS 0062)   b. 1833, Halifax County, VA; graduate VMI, Class of 1855. Two items. Letter dated January 25, 1855 from a Prussian official, denying Barksdale and his roommates permission to enter the Prussian army. Notebook contains class notes, including notes taken in Stonewall Jackson's class section; resolution issued by Cadets following murder of Cadet Thomas Blackburn, Class of 1854; poetry; autographs of the Class of 1855; list of roommates and room numbers.Barton Family Papers. (MS 0020)  Online Access(Letter about Jackson)  Miscellaneous papers of three Barton brothers who attended VMI. Includes letter of September 28, 1855 from Cadet Charles M. Barton (VMI Class of 1856) to his cousin Joseph M. Barton, in which he complains about VMI life and about his instructor Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (Jackson is described as a "hell of a fool"). Also contains miscellaneous notes from legal practice of Randolph Barton (Class of 1864) and expenses, 1868-1869, for Bolling W. Barton (Class of 1866, New Market Cadet).Booth, Thomas B., Cadet Letters. (MS 0496)  Letters, 1855-1858 (57 items) from Booth to his future wife Agnes Lyon of Petersburg, VA. Topics are primarily personal/courtship; occasional VMI references.Breedlove, James W., papers. (MS 0168)  Biographical note: James Winchester Breedlove, b. 1843, New Orleans, LA; VMI Class of 1863; served with CSA Engineers during Civil War; Civil Engineer; d. 1889 Houston, Texas. Descriptive note: 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.Carpenter, Joseph H., papers. (MS 0333)  Online Access (Civil War items)Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1856; Captain, Co. A, 27th Virginia Infantry Regiment (later converted to artillery company known as Carpenter's Battery); wounded at Cedar Mountain, 1862; died from effects of the wound, February 5, 1863. Cadet notebook; and Civil War papers (6 items) including letter of June 16, 1862 describing fighting near Port Republic.Chenoweth, Joseph H., papers. (MS 0107) Online Access(selected items) Biographical note: Joseph Hart Chenoweth, born 1837, Randolph County [West] Virginia; graduate VMI Class of 1859; Asst. Professor, VMI; Professor of Math, Maryland Agricultural College; Major, 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA; killed in battle on June 9, 1862, near Shields, Virginia. Descriptive note: Ca. 32 items. Letters, 1855-1861, written by Joseph H. Chenoweth to his parents. Letters dating from his cadetship cover topics such as exams, trips, demerits, and provide a good portrait of pre-war cadet life. Letters dated 1860-1861 were written while he was a Professor at Maryland Agricultural College and at VMI; topics include the election of 1860, John T. L. Preston, religion. The collection also contains two VMI grade reports for 1856.Davis, Alexander Jackson. Architectural drawings (MS 0276)Online Access27 ink and wash drawings by 19th century American architect Alexander J. Davis, who designed the VMI Barracks and several of the other original structures at the Institute. The collection includes plans for the Superintendent's residence, faculty residences, and other drawings.Downing, Samuel. Papers. (MS#0167) Online AccessBiographical note: Samuel Downing Jr., b. 1842 Lancaster, VA; VMI Class of 1862; 55th Virginia Infantry, CSA; farmer and tobacco merchant; d. 1885, Baltimore MD. Descriptive note: 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).Fauntleroy, Archibald M., papers. (MS #065) Biographical note: Archibald M. Fauntleroy, b. 1836, Warrenton, VA; graduate Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1857; physician; surgeon and medical director, CSA; d. 1886, Staunton, VA. Descriptive note: One testimonial letter written by Superintendent Francis H. Smith on behalf of Fauntleroy, dated Sept. 2, 1857. One drawing by Cadet Fauntleroy, done as a class assignment at VMI.Fife, William E., document (MS #0345) Biographical note: William Estill Fife, b.1834 Charleston, WV; VMI Class of 1855; Lt. Col., 36th Virginia Infantry; farmer; d. 1891, Putnam Co., WV in railroad accident. Descriptive note: VMI quarterly grade report for Cadet William E. Fife, dated April 1, 1852. The document was completed and signed by Superintendent Francis H. Smith.Fulkerson, Abram (Class of 1857) Cadet Letters. (part of MS 0363) Online AccessTwo letters, 1853-1854, written to family members while cadet at VMIGunn, Giles. Papers (MS 0292)  Online AccessThe collection consists of five letters, 1848-1854, written by Giles Gunn, a teacher from Connecticut who was working in Lexington, Virginia during the mid-nineteenth century. The letters are addressed to Gunn's family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. He describes his teaching duties, events at the Virginia Military Institute (Finals , 1848, including a description of the VMI band; the murder of cadet Thomas Blackburn, 1854), and life in Lexington (schools, religion, rumor of a slave uprising, 1851).Hardy, William T., collection. (MS#084) Biographical note: b. 1834, Norfolk, Virginia; VMI Class of 1855; during Civil War was Captain, Quartermaster, Confederate States Army; farmer; d. 1911. Descriptive note: The collection consists of drawing exercises (bound notebook and unbound drawings) completed while Hardy was a VMI cadet; and one wartime letter (May 12, 1864) to his wife, in which he briefly discusses battle at Spotsylvania Court House.Hunter, Robert M. T., manuscript. (MS#0116) Biographical note: Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, b. 1809; lawyer and politician; United States Senator; CSA Secretary of State; d. 1887. Descriptive note: 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.Hutter, Edward S., Diary. (MS 0013) Diary of Cadet Hutter (b. 1839; d. 1904; VMI Class of 1859), covering period Jan.-April 1858.Lynch, Jacob. Letter (MS #0195)  Biographical note: Jacob Lynch, father of VMI Cadet David Campbell Lynch. David b. 1841 Abingdon, VA; VMI Class of 1862; d. 1863 of disease contracted while serving in the Confederate Army. Descriptive note: 1 letter (1859 March 22) from Jacob Lynch to his son, VMI Cadet David C. Lynch. Mr. Lynch reprimands David for excessive demerits and for acquiring debts that have not been paid. The collection also includes 1 Presbyterian hymnal used by Cadet Lynch.McDonald, Craig W., document (MS #0254)  Biographical note: Craig Woodrow McDonald, b. 1837 Romney WV; VMI Class of 1859; teacher and law student; staff officer CSA; killed in battle at Gaines Mill, 1862. Descriptive note: A humorous document from VMI cadet life, dated January 23, 1856. The item is an excuse, in verse form, written by Cadet Craig McDonald after being late for reveille. It was addressed to the Commandant's office.Phillips, James J., documents. (MS #0497) Five items, including VMI diploma, drawing, and Confederate Army commission.Rumbough, George P. C., manuscript. (MS #0249)  Biographical note: George Philip Cowles Rumbough, b. 1834, Lynchburg, VA; VMI Class of 1856; staff officer, CSA; Civil Engineer and State Engineer of Arkansas; d. 1916, Little Rock, AR. Descriptive note: Manuscript, 10 pages, of the commencement speech delivered by VMI Cadet George Rumbough on July 4, 1856.Ryland, Josiah. Collection. (MS #022) Autograph album (1 item) owned by Cadet Ryland, Class of 1859. Contains inscriptions by his classmates, including Scott Shipp, later Commandant and Superintendent.Shepherd, Edward C., Papers, (MS#019) Collection of 3 vols. and misc. documents that belonged to Cadet Shepherd (b. 1835 d. 1907), Class of 1855. Vol 1: Notebook contains ca. 50 drawings by Shepherd, completed as assignments for VMI courses; also includes pencil sketch of Barracks room, depicting roommate playing cards. Vol. 2; notebook containing VMI class notes for surveying, mathematics and physics; poetry, roommate lists and misc. notes. Vol. 3: cadet account book, listing VMI expenses, 1851-1855. Misc. documents include letter of appointment and guard report.Smith family letter. (MS#0163)  Biographical note: John Jaquelin Smith- b. 1837, Alexandria, VA; VMI Class of 1857; staff officer, CSA; businessman in New York City after the war; d. 1895, Morrisstown, NJ. Descriptive note: 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.Taylor, Richard C., letter. (MS#159) Biographical note: Richard C. Taylor, b. 1835 Norfolk, VA; VMI Class of 1854; Major, Artillery, CSA; railroad official and teacher; died 1917, Norfolk, VA. Descriptive note: One letter from Cadet Richard C. Taylor to his father, dated January 15, 1854. He describes in detail the circumstances surrounding the murder of his classmate Cadet Thomas Blackburn by Charles B. Christian, a Washington College law student.Waddell, James H., papers. (MS#130) Biographical note: James Henry Waddell, b. 1833, Waynesboro, VA; VMI Class of 1855; 26th Va. Infantry, CSA; while on VMI Faculty from 1869-1870 worked as Matthew F. Maury's assistant on Physical Survey of Virginia project and drew the maps that were published as part of the survey; Civil Engineer; d. 1884, Montgomery, Alabama. Descriptive note: 4 items, including a letter (1855) from Cadet Waddell to his sister, that contains a detailed description and pencil drawing of his room (#14) in Barracks and of his roommates (Barksdale, Penn, Magruder, Shepherd, Wilson); a second drawing of a barracks room & roommates (similar to a sketch found in the Shepherd Collection, MS#0019); pencil map, 8 inches x 10 inches, labeled "Plan of Battle of Bethel Church, June 10, 1861." Letter of recommendation, 1879, written by VMI's Superintendent Francis H. Smith and endorsed by Board of Visitors President John Letcher.Williams, Walter W., diary-notebook. (MS#136)  Biographical note: Walter Wheeler Williams, b. 1834, Norfolk, VA; graduate, VMI Class of 1853; graduate University of Virginia and Theological Seminary in Virginia (Alexandria); Episcopal clergyman in Leesburg and Halifax VA, Washington DC, New York City, & Baltimore; d. 1891, Sudbrook Park, MD. Descriptive note: 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.1861-1865For this period, see Civil War Manuscripts and Civil War Resources top level1866-1869Beverley, John H. C., letter. (MS # 093) Biographical note: John Hill Carter Beverley, b. 1853, Fauquier Co., Virginia; graduate, VMI Class of 1873; farmer, banker; d. 1934, The Plains, VA. Descriptive note: One letter from Cadet Beverley (October 23, 1869) to his friend John, describing life at VMI. Mentions guard duty, difficulty of studies, demerit system.Coleman, George T., letter. (MS #073) Biographical note: b. 1850, Danville, Virginia; non-graduate, VMI Class of 1870; traveling salesman; d. 1912, Charleston, SC. Descriptive note: One letter from Cadet Coleman (Class of 1870) to his brother William D. Coleman (Class of 1857), dated Feb 11, 1868. Primary subject is Cadet Coleman's reinstatement at VMI.Cooper, James W., letter. (MS #0185) Biographical note: James Washington Cooper, b. 1842, Bedford Co., Tennessee; officer CSA; VMI Class of 1870; d. 1918 Arkansas. Descriptive note: 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.Dinwiddie, Hardaway H., papers. (MS #0177) Biographical note: Hardaway Hunt Dinwiddie b. 1844 Lynchburg, VA; VMI Class of 1867 and New Market Cadet; educator; d. 1887 Texas. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (6 items) of Hardaway H. Dinwiddie, including manuscript of VMI valedictory speech, 1867; "phrenological analysis," 1858; calling card; poem about the New Market Cadets; certificate of withdrawal from Lexington's Masonic Lodge, 1868; and 1867 VMI commencement program.Forbes, Thomas., Letter. (MS #075)  Biographical note: Thomas Forbes, Jr., b. 1852, New Orleans; VMI Class of 1872; cotton exporter; d. 1926, Sherman Texas. Descriptive note: One letter to Cadet Forbes from his father, dated August 6, 1869. Mentions sending money so that Thomas can travel to the Springs with other members of the Corps.Jerdone, William M., papers (MS #0231)Biographical note: William Macon Jerdone, b. 1848, Charles City Co., VA; VMI Class of 1871; lawyer and Texas state legislator; d. 1900, Galveston, TX. Descriptive note: Papers consist of Jerdone's handwritten mathematics examination essay (64 pages) submitted to Professor James W. Massie; the topic is "Analysis of Analytical Geometry," dated 1868 Dec 28. Also 25 drawings completed as class assignments at VMI.Letcher, Samuel H., manuscript. (MS#0148) Biographical note: Samuel Houston Letcher, b. 1848 Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1869 and New Market cadet; lawyer and judge; d. 1914 Lexington, VA. Descriptive note: Manuscript (holograph, 19 pages) of VMI valedictory address of Cadet Samuel H. Letcher. The speech was delivered at VMI Finals in July 1869. Annotations by John T. L. Preston.Sims, John. Papers. (MS #0475)14 letters written by VMI Cadet John Sims (Class of 1871), to members of his family.  Dated 1868-1871, the correspondence provides rich details of cadet life during that era, as well as containing personal newsWatson, Edward M., Letter. (MS 0011) Online Access Letter (September 17, 1868) from Cadet Watson, Class of 1871, to his father. Detailed account of daily cadet routine during the post-Civil War years.1870'sBeverley, Robert. Notebooks. (MS #024) Two poetry notebooks owned by Cadet Robert Beverley, VMI Class of 1876. Contains original poetry composed by cadets as well as copied verses. Cadet authors include Smith Caruthers, Class of 1875; Samuel M. Cooper, Class of 1876; Selby Jones, Class of 1864; Charles D. Walker, Class of 1869. Also contains poetry by faculty member Robert L. Madison. Index located in front of vol. 1.Boney, Richard K., collection (MS #0325) Biographical note: Richard Kinsey Boney, b. 1858, Madison Parish, Louisiana; VMI Class of 1878; lawyer; d. 1937, Tallulah, LA. Descriptive note: The collection consists of a 3 volume diary dating from the VMI cadetship of Richard K. Boney, Class of 1878. Daily brief entries, 1874-1878, note weather and significant events. The collection also contains a poetry notebook, 1874-1878, including standard VMI poetry and copied quotations; and one scrapbook fragment, 1874-1878, with clippings about VMI events such as commencement, and miscellaneous programs and invitations.Clark, Francis B., collection (MS #0270)  Biographical note: Francis Barnard Clark, Jr., b. 1850 Augusta GA; VMI Class of 1870; lawyer and author; d. 1896 Mobile, AL. Descriptive note: 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."Dudley, William H., Papers. (MS #007) Two documents reflecting 1870's cadet life. Letter of October 5, 1872 from Cadet Dudley (Class of 1874) to his mother; grade report (1873 Oct) with comments by Superintendent Francis H. Smith.Exall, Alexander D., papers (MS #0354)  Biographical note: Alexander Duval Exall, b. 1853, Richmond, VA; VMI Class of 1876; Civil Engineer; d. 1928, Chesterfield Co., VA. Descriptive note: Papers from the VMI cadetship of Alexander D. Exall, Class of 1876. The collection includes a cadet scrapbook containing clippings and poetry; an autograph album containing inscriptions from his classmates; 3 photographs of Cadet Exall; and the French/English dictionary he used at VMI.Forsythe, James A., collection (MS #0307)  Biographical note: James Adger Forsythe, b. 1853 Charleston, SC; VMI Class of 1875; businessman and lawyer, d. 1925. Descriptive note: The collection includes the notebook (1871-1875) compiled by Cadet James A. Forsythe, containing, copied poetry and company rosters; and the graduation bible presented to Cadet Forsythe. The notebook shows evidence of extensive water damage. Forsythe's photograph album is also available in the VMI Archives.Hall, Julien., Notebook (MS #0495)  Contains VMI-related poetry and misc. other poetry and notes, ca. 1875.Keitt, Thomas.,  Drawing. (MS #056)  Watercolor drawing (12" x 16") of Washington Arch facade of Barracks by Cadet Keitt (b. 1859; graduate VMI Class of 1878; d. 1922, Newberry, SC). Details include clock; Virginia and U.S. flags flying from towers. Dated May 15, 1876.Mercer, William N., Papers. (MS #90)  Biographical note: Dr. William Newton Mercer; resided New Orleans; no other information. Mercer was a benefactor of VMI during the 19th century. Descriptive note: Legal documents (1874-1875) regarding Mercer's bequest of 1,000 books to the VMI Library; Invoice (1874) for medical services submitted to executor of Mercer estate; also document transferring pew in Christ Church, New Orleans, to Dr. Mercer (1845).Mosby, John B., papers. (MS #0128)  Biographical note: John Burks Mosby, b. 1853, Washington Co., Mississippi; VMI Class of 1875; planter; d. 1876, Loughborough plantation, Washington Co. MS. Descriptive note: Six letters from John B. Mosby to family members. Those dated 1870-1871 concern family matters; the letters written in 1873 from VMI contain references to faculty, academics, and cadet life (ice skating on river). The collection also includes a grade report from for April 1872.Nalle, William. Letter. (MS 0042)  Online Access One letter, dated 16 October 1870, from Cadet William Nalle to his mother, Mrs. Thomas Botts Nalle. Contains a detailed account of the death and funeral of General Robert E. Lee. Nalle describes mourning activities at VMI, Washington College, and Lexington; standing guard over Lee's body with four other cadets; funeral procession. Letter also mentions flood in Rockbridge County that destroyed canal locks, bridges and other property.Neill, William. Collection (MS  00301) The collection consists of the notebook (ca. 165 pages) of VMI Cadet William Neill, containing copied and possibly original poetry; and one watercolor sketch (10" x 7.5") of barracks room number 38, drawn by Neill and dated October 1877. Neill was from Hagerstown, MD; a member of the VMI Class of 1880; and later was a physician in West Virginia.Osburn, Howard. Notebook (MS 0251)  Notebook (ca. 1870-1872) compiled by VMI Cadet Howard Osburn, Class of 1875, containing copied poetry, miscellaneous orders, anecdote concerning Benjamin Ficklin, Class of 1849. 125 pages; binding not intact.Paine, Robert A., notebook (MS 0455)  Notebook compiled by VMI Cadet Robert A. Paine in 1879. The book contains lyrics of songs popular during the 1870’s.Tams, William P., notebook. (MS 0023)  One notebook that belonged to Cadet Tams, Class of 1873. Includes class notes for courses in Mineralogy, Civil and Military Engineering, and Chemistry; a copy of a lecture by Superintendent Francis H. Smith ("Lecture to the 1st Class on Moral Sense, November 5, 1872"); grade reports in various subjects.Wiegand, William E., notebook (MS 00250)   Poetry notebook compiled by Cadet William E. Wiegand, Class of 1874,containing original and copied poetry.1880'sAmiss, Frederick T., letter (MS #0479) One letter from Cadet Frederick T. Amiss (Class of 1886) to his father, dated December 14, 1884.  Sims describes in detail the confrontation between cadets and Commandant Scott Shipp regarding an investigation into an explosion of the VMI magazine.Baker, Harry B., account book. (MS#0290)  VMI account book of Cadet Harry B. Baker, VMI Class of 1889. Contains entries for VMI expenses, 1886-1889.Balmer, Charles. Document (MS #0220)  Biographical note: Charles Balmer, Jr., b. 1865 St. Louis, MO; VMI Class of 1886; composer and musician; d. 1941 St. Louis. Descriptive note: One document, listing laundry for VMI Cadet Charles Balmer for the period May-August 1882.Best, Carl M., papers (MS #0209)  Biographical note: Carl Mead Best, b. 1861 Clarke Co., VA.; VMI Class of 1886; educator; d. 1922, Pennsylvania.Descriptive note: One letter, 1884, appointing Carl M. Best a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute; and one letter of recommendation, 1886, written for Best by VMI Superintendent Francis H. Smith.Cochran, John L., Papers. (MS #025)  Cochran attended VMI from 1879-1881 as a member of the Class of 1883 and subsequently attended Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia. Papers consist of four volumes of class notes (1882-1885) taken while Cochran was a student at Swarthmore and UVA, with some examples of VMI poetry and sketches interspersed; diary, with sketches (1881), containing short and sporadic entries made while at VMI concerning various aspects of cadet life; letter (September 4, 1880) from Cadet Cochran to his mother; and report card (1879) from the secondary school Cochran attended before entering VMI.Gilliat Company documents (MS #0306)  The firm of John K. Gilliat & Co. (London) advanced money to VMI in 1863 to purchase books & cadet clothing. The firm later forgave the interest on the loan & was commemorated in the Gilliat Scholarship. The collection contains two Gilliat-related documents-- one letter from John L. Gilliat to Lewis D. Crenshaw, (dated Bank of England, Feb. 7, 1884), discussing status of VMI's debt to the company; and one bank draft (Canadian Bank of Commerce), payable to John K. Gilliat & Co., Feb. 23, 1876.Goodwyn, Richard T., collection (MS # 0210)  Biographical note: Richard Tuggle Goodwyn b. 1866, Nottoway VA; VMI Class of 1887; educator and real estate broker; d. 1952. Descriptive note: The collection contains 18 pencil and ink drawings by VMI Cadet Richard T. Goodwyn; and one letter (1896 March 28) from VMI Superintendent Scott Shipp to Goodwyn.Irvine, William A., notebook (MS #0269)  Biographical note: William Alexander Irvine, b. 1866, Rockbridge Co., VA; VMI Class of 1889; businessman; d. 1923, Petersburg, VA. Descriptive note: Notebook compiled by VMI Cadet William A. Irvine, 1888-1889. Contains poetry (copied and original), sketches, programs from the Lexington Minstrel Club and the VMI Minstrel Club.Lybrook, Philip H., document (MS #0218)  Biographical note: Philip Hardin Lybrook, b. 1868 Patrick Co., VA; VMI Class of 1889; tobacco business & postmaster; d. 1901 Winston-Salem, NC. Descriptive note: One document, ca. 1886, listing clothing for VMI Cadet Philip H. Lybrook. The letterhead on the document is "A.M. Lybrook, Attorney at Law."Moncure, William A., collection. (MS#170)  Biographical note: William Augustus Moncure, b. 1863, Bowling Green, VA; VMI Class of 1884; lawyer and judge; died 1947, Richmond, VA. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers of William A. Moncure, including 8 drawings completed as class exercises while he was a VMI cadet; the bible presented to him upon his graduation from VMI by Superintendent Francis H. Smith; a map of Caroline Co., Virginia (oversized).Nottingham, Thomas J., Diary. (MS #017)  Diary (1883-1885) written by Cadet Nottingham, Class of 1886. Consistent record of daily cadet routine as it existed during the mid-1880's. Specific references to recitations, fights, dress parade, athletic events, cadet organizations, Washington College.Rutledge, Oliver M., Papers. (MS #009)  Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Cadet Oliver M. Rutledge of Charleston, South Carolina (b. 1862 d. 1928), a member of the Class of 1882. Papers consist primarily of letters received at VMI from parents, siblings and friends. A few letters written by Rutledge contain references to cadet life in the 1880's; letter of May 14, 1882 to his mother describes the mineral springs resort at Dagger's Springs, VA. ca. 75 items.Stewart, Robert E. B., collection (MS #0263)  Biographical note: Robert Edward Bruce Stewart, b. 1863 Norfolk Co., VA; VMI Class of 1886; state legislator; Clerk to Capt. of Norfolk Navy Yard; d. 1930, Portsmouth VA. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers, approximately 30 items, of Robert E. B. Stewart. The collection includes a notebook containing orations delivered before VMI cadet debating societies; drawings completed as class assignments at VMI; and a few clippings concerning his life after he left the InstituteTerry, Thornton. Collection (MS #0213)  Biographical note: Thornton Terry, b. 1868 Henry Co., VA; VMI Class of 1887; educator and Commandant, Staunton Military Academy; d. 1894. Descriptive note: The collection consists of a four page handwritten and illustrated VMI cadet newspaper called "The Sunday Pie," published on April 18, 1887 by the occupants of Barracks Room 32. Thornton Terry was one of the editors of the paper; this is the only extant issue.Vance family letter (MS #0215)  Biographical note: Paul Otey Vance, b. 1869 Clarksville, TN; VMI Class of 1890; businessman; d. 1913 Chicago IL.Descriptive note: One letter (1887 May 30) to Cadet Paul O. Vance from his father. The father is replying to a request for money.Varner, Charles R. K., collection (MS #0445)  The collection contains miscellaneous items pertaining to Charles R. K. Varner, VMI Class of 1884. Included are three quarterly grade reports (1881, 1884) and one letter of recommendation (1889) written by VMI Superintendent Francis H. Smith.Vest, William W., letter. (MS #097)  Biographical note: William Waller Vest, b. 1871 Williamsburg, Virginia; VMI Class of 1892; physician, Clarksville, Virginia; d. 1918, Clarksville. Descriptive note: One letter, August 26, 1887, from Cadet Vest to his cousin. Topics include treatment of new cadets; routines such as drill and inspection; restrictions.1890'sCarter, Spencer L., Collection. (MS#0036)  Notebook (binding missing) concerning VMI football and baseball, compiled by Spencer L. Carter, Class of 1893. Includes lists of teams, game scores, plays. Also annotated copy of "The VMI Scrapbook," a collection of cadet poetry and prose published in 1891. Contains notes concerning the Class of 1893, cadet officers, Kappa Alpha Fraternity members.Cocke, Henry T., papers. (MS#0113)  Biographical note: Henry Teller Cocke, b. 1876, City Point, VA; graduate VMI Class of 1895; Episcopal clergyman; d. 1944, Washington, DC. Descriptive note: Letter (3 pages; Feb 20, 1894) from Cadet Cocke to his mother. Topics include snowstorm, debating society orations, raiding local hen houses for "rooster fighting" in Barracks. The collection also include his cadet account book, containing a list of VMI expenses for 1891-1895.Cocke, John T. B., papers. (MS#0469)Student notebook owned by VMI Cadet John T. B. Cocke, VMI Class of 1890. The volume contains copied poetry, civil engineering class notes, and list of roommate in Room 18 of Barracks, 1889-1890.Hinton, Erasmus G., letters. (MS #0193)  Biographical note: Erasmus Gill Hinton b. 1876, Reelsville, Indiana; VMI Class of 1896; businessman in Richmond, VA; d. 1946. Descriptive note: 8 letters, 1894-1895, from Cadet Erasmus G. Hinton to his father. Cadet Harley R. Hinton, the writer's twin brother, is frequently mentioned. Other topics include grades, requests for money, personal matters; little focus on VMI activities.Howard, Conway. Scrapbooks (MS #0121)  Biographical note: Conway Robinson Howard, b. 1881, Richmond, Virginia; VMI Class of 1900; Civil Engineer; on active duty in France during World War I with 17th Engineers; died 1936, Richmond, VA.Descriptive note: Two scrapbooks, 1896-1900, compiled by Cadet Conway Howard. Contents include VMI memorabilia, clippings, photographs illustrating cadet life, programs and other items pertaining to athletic events. The scrapbooks provide excellent documentation of cadet life for the period.Humphreys, William L., letter. (MS #080).  Biographical note: b. 1876 ( Greenville, South Carolina?); VMI Class of 1897; d. 1923.Descriptive note: One letter (November 14, 1893) from Cadet Humphreys to his father, written from Staunton after he ran away from VMI. For related collection see George W. Rouss letters (MS 077).Janney, John. Account Book (MS #0336)  VMI and personal account book of John Janney (VMI Class of 1896), of Leesburg, Virginia. Contains entries for cadet expenses, 1893-1896; personal expenses, 1896-1898.Naylor, John C., letter. (MS # 086).  Biographical note: no birth or death dates; from Baltimore, MD; VMI cadet for one year (1890-1891) as a member of the Class of 1894. Descriptive note: One letter (December 5, 1890) from Cadet Naylor to his father, in which he complains about the character of his roommates and asks to be moved to a different room.Orr, John. Papers. (MS #008)  Letters (ca. 25 items) from Cadet John Orr, Class of 1894, to his parents. The correspondence contains details about cadet life during the early 1890's, including references to daily routines, Lexington, faculty.Perry, Sidney R., Collection. (MS #0456)  Diary and photographs dating from the cadetship of Sidney Perry, Class of 1892. (8 items).Portner, Robert F., letter. (MS #063)  Biographical note: Robert F. Portner b. 1874, Alexandria, VA; VMI Class of 1895, non-graduate; d. 1900 Washington DC. Descriptive note: Letter fragment from Cadet Portner to "Eddie," written from VMI on October 20, 1892. Discusses experiment using telephone receiver; first part of letter is in German.Rouss, George. Collection. (MS #077)  Biographical note: b. 1876 near Kabletown, West Virginia; VMI Class of 1897; farmer; d. 1922, buried Winchester, Virginia. Descriptive note: Three letters (November 14-15, 1893) pertaining to Cadet Rouss's decision to run away from VMI. Included is a letter from Rouss to his father (Milton Rouss, Class of 1863) in which he explains his actions.Weddell, William S., letter. (MS #0192)  Biographical note: William Sparrow Weddell b. 1874, Harrisonburg, VA; VMI Class of 1894; salesman; d. 1944, Richmond, VA. Descriptive note: One letter, dated September 25, 1890, from Cadet William S. Weddell to his mother. He describes the day on which his classmate Cadet Warner T. Taliaferro died following a fight with a fellow cadet, Frank W. McConnico.1900-1919  See Also ScrapbooksBaldinger, Ora M., papers. (MS #0125).  Biographical note: Ora M. Baldinger, b. 1886, Marion, Ohio; VMI Class of 1910; U.S. Army officer; d. 1978, Carson City, NV. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (ca. 40 items) dating from the cadetship of Ora M. Baldinger, VMI Class of 1910. Included are his cadet account book, grade reports, receipts, and class notes from Engineering and Physics.Bond, Robert N., collection (MS #0435)  Scrapbook compiled by Cadet Robert Bond, VMI Class of 1919, covering the academic year 1915-1916. Included are snapshots, dance programs, clippings, and other VMI memorabilia. The collection also contains two letters, one of which contains detailed description of the life of a new cadet, including hazing practices.Dillard, William E., letter (MS #0274)  Biographical note: William Evans Dillard b. 1893 Amherst, VA; VMI Class of 1913; banker and businessman; d. 1944, Lynchburg, VA. Descriptive note: A 14 page letter from VMI Cadet William E. Dillard to his mother, dated 1910 May 16. Dillard describes in detail the Corps' march to Staunton, VA, including events in camp and in Fairfield and Staunton.Fickes, Frank E., drawing (MS #0214)  Biographical note: Frank Akin Fickes, b. 1888 Steubenville, OH; VMI Class of 1908; chemist; d. 1952, East St. Louis, IL.Descriptive note: One original charcoal sketch (ca. 1908) by Frank A. Fickes, published in the 1911 VMI yearbook. The sketch features a skull, snakes, and ghost , symbols of "TKL," a cadet secret society.Fry, Henry P., collection (MS #0266)  Biographical note: Henry Peck Fry, b. 1881 Atlanta, GA; VMI Class of 1901; writer and journalist; d. 1956, Alexandria, VA. Descriptive note: Four volume typescript, "Memories of the Old VMI," written by Henry P. Fry ca. 1950. Fry describes his life as a cadet from January 1898 - June 1901. Particular emphasis is placed on the Class of 1901 and Fry's classmate Cadet George C. Marshall.Parker, John C., notebook (MS #0272)  Biographical note: John Crump Parker, b. 1895, Franklin, VA; VMI Class of 1914; lawyer; d. 1986 Franklin, VA.Descriptive note: One chemistry laboratory notebook that belonged to VMI Cadet John C. Parker, containing experiments conducted during the academic year 1912-1913.Plants, George S., Collection. (MS#029). Collection Summary Collection (3 items) consists of cadet account book, listing VMI expenses 1904-1906; notebook containing popular VMI football yells, ca. 1905; and one letter from Plants' classmate Jesse P. Jarvis, dated July 1909. Plants, from Seymour, Texas, was a member of the Class of 1908.Scott, Thomas B., collection (MS #0314)  Thomas B. Scott, Jr. was a member of the VMI Class of 1917. The collection consists of approximately 20 items, 1915-1919, including Scott's cadet scrapbook containing snapshots of Superintendent Edward W. Nichols, cadets, cadet activities, dance programs, and other VMI memorabilia; miscellaneous other items, including World War I postcards (15 items) and VMI postcards (4 items).Tardy, Thomas H., collection (MS #0291)  Biographical note: Thomas Howard Tardy, b. 1889, Rockbridge Co., Virginia; VMI Class of 1914; World War I veteran; electrical engineer; d. 1960, Lexington, VA. Descriptive note: The collection (3 items) consists of the VMI account book (1910-1914) of Cadet William H. Tardy; a signed loan agreement, September 1913, between Tardy and VMI; and his writing exercise book.Virginia Military Institute Civil War Claims documents (MS #0241)  2 documents concerning VMI's claim against the United States government for "damages and destruction of library, scientific apparatus and the quarters of professors in June 1864," while Union troops occupied Lexington, Virginia. VMI was awarded $100,000 in 1915.Wills, Waller H., Jr. misc. papers (MS#0450)Waller G. Wills, Jr. was a member of the VMI Class of 1919. He spent his career as a businessman in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he died in 1961. The papers consist of miscellaneous papers, 1916-1956. Included is a notebook containing unfinished memoirs , "Reminiscences of Cadet Days," in which he discusses many aspects of cadet life during the his rat year, 1915-1916Wilson, Samuel B., Jr., letters. (MS#0437)  Notebook containing typescript copies of the letters of Cadet Samuel Burton Wilson, Jr., VMI Class of 1921. The letters, dated September 1917 - June 1921, provide a detailed account of cadet life during that period. The notebook also contains copies of relevant family photographs and genealogical information. The letters were transcribed and donated by Wilson's daughter.1920's  See Also Scrapbooks Berry, M. Keith, papers (MS #0447)  Marshall Keith Berry (b. 1899 d. 1985) was a member of the Class of 1921. While at VMI he served as editor of the 1921 yearbook. He spent his career as a bank president and community leader in Vernon Texas, where he died in 1985. The collection consists primarily of Berry's incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1917-1921, bulk 1920.Hankins, James D., papers. (MS#0144)  James DeWitt Hankins, b. Clover Lick, WVA, 1902; VMI Class of 1923; teacher; d. Richmond, VA, 1978.Descriptive note: Six letters, 1920-1921, written by Cadet James D. Hankins to his cousin Florence. He describes many features of cadet life during the early 1920's, including a New Year's Eve celebration, a feud between the first and third classes, throwing "bombs" in Barracks courtyard, final exams, and a ghost haunting barracks.Houston, Levin J., drawings (MS #0279)  Biographical note: Levin James Houston b. 1905, Baltimore, MD; VMI Class of 1925; college professor; d. 1990, Fredericksburg, VA. Descriptive note: A collection of 17 watercolor and pen/ink drawings by Cadet Levin J. Houston. Several of the drawings were featured in the cadet magazine known as "The Sniper," published during the 1920's.Hubbard, Mont. Collection (MS #0444)  The collection contains three items that document Virginia Military Institute cadet life, 1928-1929. Included are a letter from Cadet Mont Hubbard, VMI Class of 1932, to his friend Nina Pruett, in which he mentions various events at VMI; a VMI postcard, "line saver for overworked keydets;" and a VMI Easter card.Kyle, John H., collection (MS #0262)  Biographical note: John Holmes Kyle, b. 1901, Lynchburg, VA; VMI Class of 1923; World War II veteran; businessman; d. 1984, Lynchburg. Descriptive note: The collection consists primarily of ca. 20 items from John H. Kyle's VMI cadetship (1919-1923), including a scrapbook, grade reports, sketchbook with pencil drawings of cadets and cartoons depicting VMI life, and photographs. Also miscellaneous documents from 1923-1937, including a letter from Frank McCarthy, Class of 1933.Langford, Lee E., Diary (MS #0470)Diary, approximately 100 pages, kept by Cadet Langford during the period January-June 1927. Short daily entries document the typical routine and events of cadet life during the late 1920's.Montague, Ludwell L., letters (Transcriptions) (MS#0446)  Ludwell Lee Montague (b. 1907- d. 1972) graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1928. The bulk of the letters date from his student years at VMI, and they provide a detailed view of cadet life during the 1920s.Wallace, Robert L., collection (MS #0388)  The collection consists of the VMI account book of Cadet Robert L. Wallace (VMI Class of 1924, of Chase City, Virginia), containing entries for cadet expenses, 1920-1924; and a scrapbook fragment (ca. 21 pages), containing photographs of cadets and cadet life, clippings, and other VMI mementos.1930's  See Also ScrapbooksCooper, George L. H., Papers (MS #0197)  Biographical note: George Lawrence Hawkins Cooper, b. 1911 Hattiesburg, MS; VMI class of 1932. LTC United States Marine Corps; educator; d. 1984, Biloxi, MS; buried Hawaii. Descriptive note: VMI scrapbook compiled by Cadet George Cooper. Included are photographs, athletic and dance programs, clippings, and other mementos collected by Cooper during his cadetship, 1928-1932.Couper, John L., papers (MS #0486)  The papers include Couper's (Class of 1937) cadet photograph album.Coxe, Simeon O., Jr., letters (MS #0033)  One volume typewritten transcriptions of letters written by Cadet Simeon O. Coxe, Jr. (VMI Class of 1933) to his parents in Richmond, Virginia. The letters cover Coxes's entire cadetship (1929-1933) and contain detailed record of cadet life during early 1930's.Davis, Albert D., papers (MS #0198)  Biographical note: Albert Daniel Davis, b. 1913 Stamford, CT; VMI Class of 1935; United States Army Ordnance Corps officer during World War II and Korean War; consultant; d. 1992, Orange, VA. Descriptive note: Papers, 12 items, of Albert D. Davis, including diary, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous correspondence. The diary (1930-1934, 2 volumes), correspondence (1930, 6 items), and one scrapbook (1930-1935) date from his VMI cadetship; the scrapbook includes photographs, dance programs, and other VMI mementos. 3 other scrapbooks date from his tour of duty in Korea, 1951-1952, and contain clippings, military documents, and photographs.Dew, Joseph D., letters. (MS#0147)  Biographical note: Joseph DeJarnette Dew, b. 1912, Spotsylvania Co., VA; VMI Class of 1934; Captain, U.S. Army, WWII; investment broker; d. 1968 Charlottesville, VA. Descriptive note: In Feb. 1931 Joseph D. Dew and William F. Ransom (VMI Class of 1932), secured jobs as deck hands on a freighter and worked their way to Europe. The collection consists of letters, Feb.-April 1931, from Dew to his parents, written on board ship and while touring Europe.Keith, James. Collection (MS #0245)  Biographical note: James Keith, b. 1911; VMI Class of 1932; lawyer and judge. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous papers (1931-1932) dating from the cadetship of James Keith, including a scrapbook fragment; 3 essays written for English & History classes; snapshots (ca. 17 items) and a furlough request.Neikirk, Joseph D., collection (MS #0308)  Miscellaneous papers of Joseph Neikirk, VMI Class of 1932, who served as Executive Vice President of the VMI Foundation from 1954 until his retirement in 1978. Includes cadet scrapbook, cadet account book.Smith, Otis D., papers. (MS#0150)  Biographical note: Otis David Smith, b. 1913, Richmond VA; VMI Class of 1933; U.S. Army officer during World War II; businessman; d. 1992, Richmond, VA. Descriptive note: Miscellaneous personal papers (10 items) from the cadetship of Otis D. Smith, Class of 1933. Includes Smith's letter of appointment to VMI (1929); 1 letter to Cadet Smith from the Lexington Postmaster explaining why VMI does not have a branch post office; correspondence concerning the purchase of a radio & radio contest; Finals program, 1933; 2 photographs (cadet group with Frank McCarthy, Smith & others; Smith on stoops); postcard (1929) sent by Superintendent John A. Lejeune to parents of new cadets.Stewart, Henry M., collection (MS #0349)Miscellaneous papers, 1929-1935, of VMI alumnus Henry M. Stewart, Class of 1935. The collection includes memorabilia from Stewart's high school years at the Staunton Military Academy and his cadetship at VMI. The VMI material includes a scrapbook, dance and athletic programs, drawings, photographs, information about the Class of 1935 ring design, and other mementos of Stewart's cadetship.1940's  See Also ScrapbooksAtkison, George V., notebook (MS #0321)  One 3-ring binder containing Organic Chemistry class notes kept by Cadet George V. Atkison, VMI Class of 1940.Boehm, Frank L., collection (MS #0294)  The collection consists of one ring binder scrapbook containing clippings, correspondence, and programs related to the establishment of the first varsity lacrosse team at VMI, 1948-1950; and 9 photographs of the team and team members. The items were donated by team member Francis (Frank) L. Boehm, VMI Class of 1950B. The collection also contains miscellaneous related correspondence [5 items] donated by Walter L. Richards, VMI Class of 1941.Eickelberg, William T., papers (MS #0353)  William T. Eickelberg is a member of the VMI Class of 1944. The collection consists of 4 items, including a "three year testimonial" that was presented to each member of the Class of 1944, in lieu of a diploma, when the class members were called to active duty in May 1943. Also includes 3 class schedule cards for cadet Eickelberg.Morrison, James L, Jr.,  manuscript. (MS#0134).  One typescript, "Reminiscences of a Keydet Cavalryman," by Col. James L. Morrison, Jr., VMI Class of 1945. Morrison gives a detailed account his years as a cadet participating in ROTC cavalry unit, 1941-1943 and 1945-1947. Subjects include the operation of the unit at VMI; cadet riding activities, including polo; and individuals involved in the programs.Niess, Richard C., collection (MS #0324)  Richard C. Niess is a member of the VMI Class of 1944. The collection consists of a typescript reminiscence, written in 1986, of life at VMI during World War II: "Recollections of a VMI Cadet; The Early War Years- 7 December 1941-Jan 1944." Also order and other miscellaneous items, 1943-1944, concerning Niess's cadetship.Phillips, H. Franklin., Document (MS #0316)  One certificate presented to VMI Cadet H. Franklin Phillips in May 1943. This "three year testimonial" was presented to each member of the Class of 1944, in lieu of a diploma, when the class members were called to active duty in May 1943. It states that Phillips successfully completed three years at VMI and was signed by VMI Superintendent Charles E. Kilbourne and others.1950's  See Also ScrapbooksHansrote, Charles J., Jr., notebooks. (MS# 0419)  Class notebooks (Chemistry) belonging to Cadet Charles J. Hansrote, Jr. (VMI Class of 1952).Mardi Gras Collection. (MS#087)  Collection (ca. 160 items) concerning "Mardi Gras," a 1958 film from 20th Century Fox featuring VMI. Largely BW photographs of production and cast on location at VMI (Lexington, Virginia); scripts.Thompson, Paul S., papers (MS #0257)  Biographical note: Paul Singer Thompson, b. 1940, West Point, NY; VMI Class of 1961; PhD University of Virginia (History); Professor of History at the University of Natal, South Africa. Descriptive note: Personal papers, 1956-1988, of Paul S. Thompson, currently a member of the History faculty at the University of Natal, South Africa. The collection includes extensive correspondence, dating from his VMI cadetship (1957-1961), his years in graduate school at the University of Virginia (1961-1965), and his life in South Africa with his family. The papers also include journals containing accounts of his visits to the United States; his dissertation; photographs; correspondence from his wife Earline to her parents; and a scrapbook concerning Thompson's cadetship.1960's to dateCincinnatus Monument scrapbooks (MS #0243)  2 scrapbooks documenting the history and dedication of VMI's Cincinnatus Monument. The monument was unveiled and dedicated on November 11, 1983. The scrapbooks were compiled by Monument Committee member Percy M. "Pete" Lincoln, Jr., VMI Class of 1957.Conner, Albert Z., drawings (MS #0293)  The collection consists of drawings by Cadet Albert Z. Conner, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1966., including 21 sketches of various VMI scenes and one sketchbook containing illustrations used in the 1966 publication "The VMI Coloring Book"Yorktown Bicentennial collection (MS #0310)  Collection of materials (1 linear foot) concerning the participation of the VMI Corps of Cadets in the Yorktown Bicentennial celebration, October 1981. Includes scrapbook compiled by Percy M. "Pete" Lincoln (Class of 1957); descriptions of the trip by VMI ROTC tactical officers & cadets; misc. other items.All erasDiplomasCadet Literary Society Certificates (1842-1874)ScrapbooksCadet Autograph Albums (MS #0313)Includes album of Edward H. Smith (Class of 1867 & New Market Cadet) containing inscriptions from 19 fellow New Market Cadets; Farmer D. Cochran Album (Class of 1889); Thomas G. Tate Album (Class of 1877); 1874 album (owner unknown); Class of 1902 (one page). Cadet Account books  Ledger books issued to cadets listing expenses/items purchased during their cadetships. Cadets for whom we have these books are Stanton Forman Blain (Class of 1923); William Nelson Brown (Class of 1893); Camillus Christian, Jr. (Class of 1914); William Henry Green (Class of 1874); Charles B. Hundley (Class of 1867); Edward C. Laird (Class of 1875); William H. Mitchell (Class of 1871); Thomas R. Nicholls (Class of 1929); Robert G. O'Hara (Class of 1935); Cadet George S. Patton (Class of 1877); Murray Forbes Taylor (Class of 1864); John M. Willis (Class of 1936).Letters of Appointment. (MS #078)  This collection consists of notices of appointment sent to new cadets at the Virginia Military Institute. The documents date from the 1840's into the 1900's. The Cadets and non-alumni (appointed but did not enroll) for whom we have these documents are Hamilton B. Caskie (Class of 1909); Simon B. Mason (Class of 1867); Russell Pancake (non-alumnus; did not enroll). Richard Pollard (Class of 1849); Isaac H. Saunders (Class of 1884); Samuel J. Tebbs (Class of 1865);Cadet Quarterly Report documents. (MS #081)  A collection of 19th century quarterly report documents (1849-1897) issued to parents of VMI cadets. The reports include class standing, treasurer's account information, comments by the Superintendent regarding academics and conduct. Cadets for whom we have these documents are Warren S. Ficklin (Class of 1872); Oswald Flint (Class of 1891); Abram Fulkerson (Class of 1857); Samuel H. Letcher (Class of 1869); Richard C. Marshall (Class of 1898); Richard Pollard (Class of 1849); Wallace C. Varner (Class of 1893); William M. Waller (Class of 1852); William G. Watson (Class of 1935).Cadet drawing exercises (MS #0203) A collection of 19th century cadet drawings (approximately 200 items) completed primarily as assignments for Professor Thomas H. Williamson's architecture, engineering, and drawing courses at the Virginia Military Institute. A few of the drawings were completed for a geometry course or were not class assignments.VMI Music collection (MS #0246)  A collection, approximately 15 items (1857-1930) of published music written for or about the Virginia Military Institute during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The earliest is "The VMI March" (1857) by C. M. Stephani. The collection also includes the "VMI Spirit," "The VMI Alma Mater," "The VMI Cadet Waltz" and others.Cadet Life collection (MS #0255)  A collection of miscellaneous documents from various eras in VMI's history, reflecting the humorous side of cadet life. Includes 3 small (3.5 x 5") watercolor sketches, depicting firecracker prank & results, ca. 1920; a list entitled "Graduated scale of beauty in Lexington," 1856; notice about the VPI football game posted on a barracks room, 1937.McCormack, Rodney. Collection. (MS #503)McCormack (Class of 1957) was a collector who acquired VMI ephemera, misc. documents etc. This collection contains items from multiple eras.1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM11/3/2015 2:37:41 PM7/16/2007 11:51:32 AM12/31/9999 11:59:59 PMJulieSandridgeVMI History & Cadet Life438A10330False011/3/2015 02:37:41 PM7/16/2007 11:51:32 AMArchive_Expire/WorkArea/images/application/spacer.gif/WorkArea/images/application/thumb_spacer.png/Archives/Manuscripts/VMI_History___Cadet_Life/