Tag Archives: Virginia Military Institute

Going Courting in Lexington, Virginia – Part 2

There’s nothing quite like a primary source. John S. Wise –a cadet at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia during 1863-64 – later wrote his remembrances of trying to get acquainted with the “good Presbyterian girls” of the town. Certainly, … Continue reading

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Going Courting in Lexington, Virginia – Part 1

Theology and Presbyterian doctrine. That’s what first took Major Thomas J. Jackson to the home of Dr. George Junkin in Lexington, Virginia. But before long, theology and doctrine wasn’t the only thing on the major’s mind. Dr. Junkin’s daughter, Elinor, … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Longing To Be A Soldier

“I wrote Mother about my trip, but I don’t think I told her that most of our marches could be called forced marches, as we were on light rations half the time. I stood the Campaign “bully,” but felt as … Continue reading

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The Determined Delinquents On A Summer’s Day

Recently, I sat in the solemn, silent archives, reading The End of an Era by John S. Wise. Among his treasury of memories and musings about antebellum Virginia, slavery, and the Civil War, there are several sections focused on cadet … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Historic Artillery Battery at Virginia Military Institute

There are many battlefields and historic sites to visit to study the creation, use, and preservation of artillery pieces. For today’s Weekender post (keeping with the artillery series theme), we’ll journey away from the battlefields to a location where young … Continue reading

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A VMI Cadet Goes Ice-Skating

On the evening of March 22, 1864, eighteen-year-old Beverly “Jack” Stanard huddled in his cold barracks room at Virginia Military Institute, writing to his mother. That particular evening he found plenty to complain about: …Well, Mother I guess you will … Continue reading

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“The Valhalla of the South”

I found this text from an undated tourism brochure in my archives, which I thought was appropriate to share for Virginia’s Lee-Jackson Day, commemorated each year on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Historic Lexington “The Valhalla of … Continue reading

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A Monumental Controversy

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jon-Erik Gilot The past few weeks have renewed a discussion – or shouting match – relating to the place and context of both Confederate and historical iconography currently dotting our parks … Continue reading

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Stapleton Crutchfield: Stonewall’s Wounded Comrade

The ambulance lurched ever forward with a jerky, swaying motion. Pain dazed comprehension. General Jackson wounded? Lying just inches from him? How badly was the commander hurt? Exacerbated by the movements over the rough road, the dizzying, unrelenting agony radiated from … Continue reading

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Stonewall’s Horses

Early in 1861, John Harman and Thomas J. Jackson inspected a small herd of horses which had been discovered in a captured railroad boxcar. Jackson turned the horses over to the Confederate government and purchased two for his military use.[i] … Continue reading

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