Virginia Military Institute - Bomb Yearbook (Lexington, VA)

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HIE LLMll GATE. THE BOMB THE VIRGINIA AILITARY INSTITUTE LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA USTON, ASHMEAD, WILSON COMPANY, HILADELPHIA 2)c icatc Cadets who Fell in Battle at New Market, Va.. May 15, 18 Sleeping, but glorious. Dead in fame ' s portal, Dead, but victorious, Dead, but immortal ! They gave us great glory. What more could they give ? They have left us a story, A story to live—. Ebitonal lEi ' iKi-; submitting to ' ou the modest result of our labors, The Botib of ' 95, we the editors, beg leave to claim your attention for a moment, while we enumerate the difficulties that have beset us in its preparation. Our object has been to revive the old Bomb, the pioneer of Southern Annuals which in ' 85 assailed the public for the first and last time. During the inten-ening ten years the Institute has been without an Annual, and we undertake this second edition with no experience and many misgivings as to its ultimate success. The first difficulty encountered was the securing of adequate funds for our enterprise, the second, the selecting from a body of men pursuing an almost exclusively technical course, a staff of literati to whom might be entrusted the preparation of a book worthy of the Ins titute. The first, despite an unsuccessful appeal to tlie Board of Visitors for aid, and the difficult)- of reaching our Alumni, we have in some measure surmounted ; the second, we know only too well we ha e not " e are conscious, however, of having made an honest effort and of having done our best. To the Faculty- we are indebted for the several contributions which lend our book the only literary merit to which we can lay claim. To succeeding classes we hope our efforts ma - prove an incentive, and that profiting b - our errors and short comings, they may in future be more successful. bc lENtors of " tibc 36omb " Leigh Robinson Gigxilliat, ' 95, Georgia Editor-in-Cliiif John D. TwKKis, ' 95, Georgia Maiiagiii;:; Editor John S. Vim:, Jr., ' 95. Xe " ' Vork Assistimt Editor and Cirni atioii and AdrcrtisiniJ H. Bacon, ' 98, California Illustratins: Editor THIi IKOI.MA MILITARY INSTITLTE. be Diroinia niMlitai llnstitute I- ' c.nxDEn 1839 •Unepcctor ]Ei=Oiticio His Excellency. C. T. (VFERRALL, (invEKMiK of ViRf;iNiA .1Boar of Ui ltors Hon. H. F. ikfa. M.viuk }. mes .M. Lo l S. H. Letcher, Esq. W. H. White, Esq. Hon. W. F. Rhea Colonel G. Percy Hawes Colonel H. T. Parrish Alexander Hamilton, E.sq. Colonel Peter Hairston General Cha.s. J. Anderson, Adjiitaiit General Hon. John Y.. Massey, Siipt. of Public Instiuctwii ■fluetitutc Colore Black and White Unetitutc yell Rah! Rah ! Rah I iri;inia .Mihtary Institute. Rah ! Rah ! Rah ! Rah! Hoo! Ri ! Rah! Hoo ! Ri ! Ri ! Ri ! V. I I. I. ! nDUitar Staff CAFTArN S. H. Walker Jr., Adjutant Colonel John A. Graham, M.D., Surgeon Colonel W. T. PoACiLE, ' firasiiirr and Mi itarr Stoir .-trpf .Major F. W. 1 [(Ustox, Connuissaiy and Quartcnnastcr Captain J. W. Gillock, Assistant Mi itaiy StairkiC iLr aca Gmic Staff Gkneral Scutt Shipp, L. L. D., Supcriutiudott. Colonel John M. Hhooke, Professor of Pliysics and Astronomy. Colonel Tiioilvs i I. Semmes Professor of Modern I.a)is;uai;os and R ic orio. Colonel V.. W . Xichols. Professor of Ma ieina ies and J ee ia z es. Colonel R. A. Mark, Professor of liiii ineerinsr and Draioim:;. Colonel IIlniek Pendleton, M, A., Ph.D., Professor of General and Applied Clieniislry. Colonel -S. L). Rcilkercoch, Tenth Cavaliy U. .S. .A., L ' ouiinandant of Cadets and Professor of Paeties and Applied tatheniaties. Secono Lt. !•:. M. I L. KE, Fifth Artilleiy, U. S. A.. Professor of Military Seienee and Instrnctor of Artillerr Taeties. ?.Pvi " R X. Heveklv Tucker, C. P:., B. S., Adjtniet Professor of Chenustry, Geology and Mineralos;v. Cakl.mn .S. B. ' . lker, Jr., .Issistant J ' rofessor of !h-a7oin! . Cafiwin W. 1 ' , X ' lioRHELs tirad. U. ' a., fnstrnetor of Latin. Caftaln AL B. Cor.se, ., Assistant l rofessor of Paeties, Pl ysies and Chenustry. Captaln B. B. Mor ;.kn, C. P:., Assistant Professor of Paeties and Matheniaties. Cafi ' AIN T. W. Lewls Assistant Professor of Paeties and Modern fant nai es. CaFL.MN L. . H. I EV ' ION, Assistant Professor of Paeties and Matheniaties. THE BARRACKS. Z K IPinjinia ni ilitar » llnC ' titutc A IIUIKI ' IllsruKILAL AM) STATISTICAL SKIiTCll. Ill the last annual message sent by General George Washington to the Congress of the United States on Dccembci " 7th, 1796, he thus reeommends and advises the establishment of militaiy schools : " The institution of a military academy is also recommended by cogent reasons. Houexer pacific the general polic_ - of a nation ma ' be, it ought never to be without an adequate stock of militaiy knowledge for emergencies. The first would impair the energ - of its character, and both would endanger its safet)-, as expose it to greater evils, when war could not be a ' oided. Besides that war might not often depend upon its own choice. In proportion as the observance of pacific maxims might exempt a nation from the necessit)- of practicing the rules of the militaiA- art, ought to be its care in preserving and transmitting, by proper establishments the knowledge of that art ' hatever argument may be drawn from particular examples, superficialK- iewed, a thorough examination of the subject will e ince that the art of war is both comprehensive and complicated ; that it demands much previous study ; and that the possession of it, in its most improved and perfect state, is always of great moment to the securit) ' of a nation. This, therefore, ought to be a serious care of every government ; and for this purpose, an academy where a regular course of instruction is gi ' en, is an obvious expedient which different nations have successfully employed. " [U. S. Doc. Foreign Rel., Vol. Ill, p. 31-2.] Criticism as to the verbiage of these wise, sound words of advice may be made, and such criticism has not been lacking; but a great practical result soon followed. This result was that six years later, on March 1 6th, 1S02, the United States Militar_ - Academy at West Point was established by law. and the work of that great school, since its foundation, has more than abundantly prnxctl the forethought and wisdom of the great Virginian who suggested the establishment of military schools. The near approach of the war of i S I 2 proves the practical soundness of these -iews of General Washington, and shows the great wisdom of the man. Xo one can read t he introduction to General Cullums Register of West Point and the comments of the press thereon, without being impressed with the great work ]3erformed b " that school and the other militaiy schools of the countn-. Cine of the important results of the war of 181 2, was that the State of ' irginia felt the necessity of establishing an arsenal in the ' alley of Virginia for the better protection of the State. Therefore, in I 8 16 and 1 81 7 tracts of land in Lexington were conveyed to Governors Nicholas and Preston for the purpose " of erecting public works, " and in due course of time an arsenal was erected and a company of soldiers w ' as enlisted at an annual cost of 56,000 for the purpose of " Garrisoning the Western Arsenal at Lexington, " in which were stored 30,000 stands of arms and a large quantity of military supplies. This company was first commanded b - Captain James Paxton and subsequently b)- Captain Da id E. Moore. " In 1836 J. T. L. Preston, I ' sq., a citizen of Lexington, for thirt)--se en years an lionored Professor upon the active list, and aftenvards Emeritus Professor of Latin in the Virginia Mihtary Institute, conceived the idea of substituting for the company of soldiers who guarded the arsenal a company of cadets, who, in addition to the duties of an armed guard, should pursue a course of scientific and militaiy studies. This happ)- conception was consummated by the act of AssembK- of March, 1S39. In Ma -, 1S39, the first Board of Visitors met in Lexington. Of this Board Colonel Claude Crozct, a graduate of the Pol_ technic School of France, a soldier under Napoleon in the Russian compaign of 181 2, and subsequent!) ' a Professor in the L ' nited States Militaiy Academ - at West Point, and at the time a citizen of X ' irginia, was president. The first act of the new Board wa.s to recognize the eminent fitness of General Francis H. Smith, a distinguished graduate of ' est Point, and at that time Professor of Mathematics in Hampden Sidne_ - College, for the position of superintendent. L ' nder the wise guidance, in the prosecution of its special end.s, the school grew rapidl) ' in popular favor. The Legislature increased the annuity from time to time, and appropriated large amounts to provide new barracks and to equip the institution. In 1 86 1, the school was full to its capacity. An extension of the barracks was in process of construction to meet the demand of those seeking admission, the privileges of the school having been extended to citizens of other States. In April, 1861, at the call of the States, the corps of cadets, under the command of Major — aftenvards Lieutenant General — " Stonewall " Jackson marched from Lexington to Richmond. These cadets were employed in instructing and drilling the large number of volunteers assembled for organization and instruction in Camp Lee, near Richmond, (but were soon disorganized and scattered b) ' the advancement of cadets) to militaiy rank in the different grades of sei-vice. In 1S62, upon t ' .c demand of military authorities of the Confederate States for the reorganization c the Institute ;is a training school to supply skilled and educated officers for the armies, the Institute was reopened. During die war cadets were repeatedK ' called into active service in the ' all ' - if ' irginia and on the lines around Richmond. ()n the 13th of May, i S64, at New Market, the corps of Cadets, organized as ..ittalion of infantiy of four companies, and as a platoon of artillen-, sen ' ing two 3 -inch rifle guns, lost over fifty killed and wounded out of an aggregate of two hundred and fift -. On the i ith of June, 1864, the barracks, mess hall, ofificers ' quarters, the libraiy containing about 10, 000 volumes, and all the apparatus and instruments of the various departments of the school, were burned, b)- order of General Da ' id Hunter, commanding the United States Arm -, at that time operating in the Valley of Virginia. From providential causes, the quarters of the superintendent escaped destruction, and was the only building left standing upon the grounds. In October, 1 865, after the close of the war, the Institute was reopened. The buildings and equipments of the school were rapidl)- restored, and the Institute entered upon an era of unprecedented prosperit)-. Since then the course instruction has been enlarged and extended. Appliances of instruction have been provided in the departments of Chemistr -, Physics, Geologv-, Mineralogv-. Engineering, Drawing, Sun-eying, and Modern Languages. In all the vocations of life the men trained ME.--S HALL. at the Virginia Military Institute ha ' e won for ' theni,scl es honorable distinction. The illustrious reeonl of services rendered b_ - her sons during the war has established the reputation of the Virginia Military Institute upon an enduring foundation. L ' pon the roll of her academic staff are to be found the names of " Stonewall " Jackson, Matthew J- ' . Maury, Crutchfield, Gilham Massie, Madison. Hhiir, Washington, Williamson, Lee. Preston and Smith. Her matriculates number 5.239, of whom 1,392 became full graduates. On the first day of January, 1890, Major-General I ' rancis A. Smith, who had filled the jjosition of superintendent from the foundation of the school, and had restored it fi ' om its ruins after the war, sought in retirement the repose he had so well earned by fift ' ) ' ears of acti e and distinguished service. On the 2 1st day of March, 1890, General Smith died in the sevent ' -eighth year of his age. On tlie 15th day of July, 1890, Colonel J. T. L. Preston, who, with General Smith, constituted the entire faculty of the school from 1839 to 1842, died in the eightieth year of his age. ( )n the 10th of December, 18S9, General Scott Shipp was appointed superintendent to succeed General F. H. Smith, and under his ise and conser ati e management the school has increased in numbers and in prosperit)-, and now stands upon a firm and substantial basis. As a part of this sketch it is deemed to be not inappropriate to introduce the following letters from two illustrious men : " Letter from Lieutenant T. J. Jaehsou, Headquarters i.st. Brigade, 2nd Corps A. L : A TKi: ii.Li;, Oct. 22, 1861. GEXTt.EMEX : ' om circular of the 9th inst.. h.is been received, and I beg leave to say, in repl ' . that I onlxtook the field from a sense of duty ; and that the obligation that brought me into the serxice still retains me in it, and will probablx- continue to do so as long as the war shall last. At the close of hostilities, I desire to assume the duties of m)- chair, and accordingl)- respectfiilly reipiest that, if consistent with the interest of the Institute, the action of the Board of Visitors may be such as to admit of my return upon the restoration of peace. Respectfull)-, _ -our obedient servant, T. J. J. CKsoN. Lrof. of Xatiiral and Ex. Pliilosopln. V. J . . T, ( Gen W i. H. Rich.xrp.son, io ■, - T Ti II - Committee. [ Ge . 1. H. Havmond. I L ettcr from Ceul. R. li. Lee : C- Mr l ' i-;rEKsi ' .L " Kii, July 4, 1 S64. I ha e grie ed oxer the destruction of the Militar)- Institute. But the good that has been done to the countr - can not be destroyed, nor can its name or fame perish. It will rise .stronger than before, and continue to dififu.se its benefits to a grateful people. Under your wise administration, there ' be no suspension of its usefulness. The difficulties by which it is surrounded will call forth greater energies from its officers and increased diligence from its jjupils. Its pros[)erit - I consider certain. With great regard, _ ours veiy truly, R. P:. Lee. This brief sketch miglit well be deemed sufficient, but our duty would be but half done did wc omit to mention that roll of honor to which we point with pardonable pride. To her sons, and to their achievements the Virginia Military Institute turns with exultation. In all the professions and vocations of life the men trained at the Virginia Military Institute have won for themselves and for their mother, enviable and honorable distinction. This mother is but little more than fift - }-ears of age, almcist the )-oungest of Virginia ' s daughters, but her life has been long enough to gi -e to her mother State and to her sister States an army of sons of whom an}- mother ma - well be proud. To the " Lost Cause, " the Virginia Militaiy Institute ga e twent)--one general officers, three Major Generals : William Mahone, W. V. C Humes and Robert K. Rhodes. Eighteen Brigadier Generals: Echols, Walker, Colston, Wharton, J. R. Jones, Garland, Pa -ne. Teny, A. C. Jones, Ba.ss, Vaughan, Elliott, Munford, Walker, Lane, Penn, McCausland, Terrill. More than one hundred Colonels : Strange, Forbes, Pendleton, Cummings, Campbell, Portei-field, Burks, Uuke, Porter, J. M. Patton, Goodes, Moncure, Doby, Berkele) ' , V. B. Jones, Trigg, Fristoe, J. W. Allen, Carter, Otey, Byrd, Gordon, Stuart, Brockenbrough, C. Smith, Carrington, Parrish, Garrett, G. S. Patton, J. Mayo, Yeger, R. Mayo, Gibbons, Phillips, G. H. Smith, Waddy, Mallory, J. W. Humes, Lightfoot, Crutch- field, W. T. Patton, L. B. Williams, R. C. Allen, Montague, McKinney, Hurt, Owen, Slaughter, Fulkerson, Neff, Edmunds, Ham, T. V. Williams, Marshall, Burgesyn, E. Morrison, Galloway, Florence, Leftwich, Tabb, and others. Nearly one hundred Lieutenant- Colonels, and more than four hundred and seventy-five Majors and Captains. More than one hundred general and regimental staff officer.s, and more than two hundred subalterns. A total of quite twelve hundred officers, including many of whom we have no definite rccoid as to regiment and compan - but who are known tn have served with honor, bravery and distinction. In the walks dfcixil life our .U 11 Matcf has furnished to the countiy no fewer, antl no less distinguished men than she has supplied in war. .She has gi en to the cuuntrx ' one L ' nited .States Minister : Charles I)enb ' ; three United .States Senators : William Mahone, C. J . Faulkner and T. Martin. Eleven Congressmen : Campbell, Duke, Marr, Berkelex ' , Ma)o, P ulkerson, Otey, llarri. . Wise, Elliott, and Turner. Besides these she has given Go ' ernors, Judges, Lawyers, Clergymen, Engineers, Physicians, members of State Senates, of State Legislatures, Professors, Artists and other callings. It will be seen from the above enumeration that the work accomplished by the clcv ' cs of the Virginia Militaiy Institute can not be over estimated. They have in all departments kept pace with advancing civilization, ha -e helped to improve our harbors, lakes and rivers ; to define our boundaries, to sur ey, and light our coasts. They have given to our militia and volunteers large numbers of -aluable officers. They ha e furnished distinguished engineers, who ha e bound our territor - together with a net work of railways and canals ; have supplied aluable City. State and Government funetiimaries ; ha e improved our worksho|)s, antl the culti ation of the soil; ha e contributed largeK ' to the bar and the pulpit, and have elevated the scientific standard of man)- of the educational institutions of our countiy, Burke has said that " E.xample is the only argument of effect in civil life. " These men, the Alumni of the Virginia Military In.stitute ; we present as shining examples, as strong arguments, in fa -or of good work well done in the past ; and as exponents of better and greater work to be achieved in the future- I 1 1 r. COLORS. ilbc flDUitani Svc ' tciii of the llnsititutc The A ' irginia Militan- Institute, as its naiiK- im])lics isilistiiicti cly .1 military scIiodI. Its educational system embraces general and scientific courses, aiul wliile b - nti means classical, its cin-nculimi is cnmprehensue ennuyli Ui gi e it rank among the first colleges of the count!-)-. In spite (_if this, houever, the Institute is pre-eminently a militan- school. Histor)- proNCs it such. Of the armies of the Confederac}-, one-tenth was commanded by her I ' Aiv.v, and though at the outbreak of the «-ar but eighteen classes had been graduated, she furnished from her muster rolls, three Major Generals, eighteen Brigadier Generals, fifty-eight Colonels, fort_ --four Lieutenant Colonels, fifty-six Majors and one hundred and eighty staff and compan)- officers of lesser rank. So much is on record. The military sNstem is thorough and absolute and regulates eveiy phase of cadet life. W ith the sound .if the reveille, arousing him for the roll call at 6:20 A. M., the cadet is launched on a routine of duties regulated by drums and bugles — first to breakfast, then guard mounting, classes, dinner, classes again, di-ill, parade, " study hours, " " tattoo " and finally " taps " at 10 p. M. when the long mellow notes of the bugle signal " lights out, " and the busy life of barracks is at once hushed to a stillness, broken onl - by the tramp of the sentinels keeping guard i:) er all. His presence during the da - is erified b_ - no less than six roll calls and four inspections, exclusive of his cla.ss rolls, so that skulking or " taking duty " is quickl)- noted. Throughout all departments the principles of the militar_ - hierarchy are strictly obsen-ed and obedience and subordination are the first lessons taught. In barracks the chief authority is ested in the Commandant, as head of the militar - department and commander of the battalion of cadets. hor instruction in the drill regulations and militan- police and discipline, the battalion is di -ided into four companies, each commanded by an assistant professor, who ranks as Captain of Engineers in the X ' irginia Militia, and with a complement of cadet officers and non-commi.ssioned officers, through whom the individual instruction is transmitted. Under such superv-ision all cadets are thoroughly instructed in the -arious drills and ceremonies, including signalling, target practice and all camp duties. The barracks is under the immediate supervision of the Officer in Charge, who is an assistant professor, assisted by the cadet ( )fficer of the Day and each of the four dixisions into which it is di ided is conti-ollcd by its Inspector and assistant Inspector. llATl ' ALKiX DRILL. Each room in each division constitutes a militaiy command, of which its orderl) ' is chief, and hence held responsible for any disorder which may occur during his tour of dut -. Meals are sei ved at prescribed times, the cadets marching to and from the Mess Hall in battalion under command of the senior cadet captain, who retains command during the meals and gives the signal for the corps to leave at the proper time. Each mess is in charge of a non-commi.ssioned officer; each company of its captain ; and the senior cadet officer present in charge of all is responsible to the Commandant, through the Officer in Charge. For recitations and lectures, the cla.sses are divided into sections, each in charge of the section marcher. At all hours of the d,i - from eight till four, when the bugle sounds the call for change of classes, the sections are formed on the company parade ground.s, under supcn-ision of the Officer of the Day; marched to the lecture rooms by the section marcher and there, by him, turned over to the professor awaiting them. At all roll-calls, whether for drills or ceremonies, the general appearance of the cadet is inspected by his companj- officers and these are checked b) ' close inspections of the Commandant and assistant professors at stated times. B)- these officers, also the condition of all quarters in barracks is inspected daily; the results of such inspections recorded on prepared blanks kept by the Officer of the Day, and by him reported to the Commandant at the expiration of his tour of duty. Guard Mounting and Battalion Parade daily with a guard regulated and gnxemed b) ' the Guard Manual of the United States Army, may be .said to fill out the list of details, necessaril)- mentioned in order to gixe an)- adequate idea of our " military " as a system. By all authorities, the conduct and bearing of a soldier on guard is considered a good test of his military qualities ; this, of course, within the limits of knowledge and experience required of a private or non-commi.ssioned officer in the ranks. Recognizing this and the fact that to develop the power to control, men must be placed in positions where such power is put to the test, the .s ' stem of guard duty, above referred to, is carried to such an extent at the Institute, as to render it a characteristic part of its military S)-stem. Because of this and as an example of the application of some of the principles mentioned we again, enter into details. Besides the a.ssistant professor in charge, the guard complete is composed of the Officer of the Da}-, two sergeants, two corporals, and fifteen privates. The privates are detailed from the companies by their first sergeaiits ; the non-commissioned officers, by tlie sergeant major from his guard roster and the officers, by the cadet adjutant, from the list of comiiau)- officers present for duty. That it may not interfere too seriousl)- with academic duties the guard is of two kind.s — the " regular " and the " quarter " guard, and each is subdivided into three reliefs. The latter of these guards the quarters, and is on duty from re -eille till taps. The former has charge of barracks during the periods at which the corps is absent at meals and being again posted immediately after supper, is on duty throughout the night, till relie -ed, at re ■ " ' - by tlie quarter guard. .1 Ann MdLNl IM ' Ilic Officer in Charge holds the Officer of tlic Da_ ' responsible for the proper instruction of the guard and for the performance of its duties. He, in turn, makes the non-conimissinncd dUicers iniiler him responsible, while thcv require the sentinels to enforce the regulations uithin limits of the post entrusted to their care. W ' hencxcr, therefore, a breach of the regulations occurs, either the guilty parties are reported ur the sentinel or officer under whose supen ' ision it was detected, is charged with neglect of dut -. From this it is reatliU- seen that the idea of individual responsibility runs through the whole scheme, not of the guard only, but of all conditions of cadet life. Four ) ' ears of such life, while not in all cases productixe of is certainK- most conducive to habits (if ])romptness, exactness, neatness and order, and in these ver_ - points lie the excellencies of the s)-stem ; fostering, as it does, decision of character, self-reliance and self-restraint, and thus fitting its men to be leaders in the battles of life. In every calling man must control men, and as it is an accepted principle of military ethics, that, other things being equal, he can best eonmiand who best obe) ' s, the importance of such a system as ours is at once app.uvnt. The military s stem is Mimetinies coiKlenined f ir making soldiers — ami only soklicrs. As an answer to such objection we simpK- point to the list of our alunmi, nceupxing pusitions nf honor and respimsibility in all parts nf the countrx ' . The history of to-daj ' , however, proves that the nnlitary training is an iini)ortant pari of the education of our -oung men, fir in no less than nine different States, during the last two years ha e the guverndrs ileenied it necessar_ - to call upon their militi.i tn pruteet lives and property against the fury of lawless mobs. True efficienc) ' in these cummands is impossible without competent officers, and tor such officers a nnlitary training is absolutely necessaiy, for while the power to control and direct men is sometimes found in-born, such cases are rare and most men, if they have it at all, have it in a rudimentaiy state needing de ' elopment. .Such de elopnient nnist be made gradually and by well directed means and methods, and the opportunities for this in time of peace, are f mml (inl - in nur military colleges. The need, however, for trained leaders, has always been appreciated, and to meet such a neeil — in our nwnst.ite primaiily — the JNlilitai ' ) ' S ' stem of the Institute was first organized. That it accomplishes its purpose, history and the iib.ser ation of conser ati e people bear indisputable evidence. Ill Pirpctuaiii Rci Mcvioy ' uiin . (Ibc Charge of tbc Ca ct£j AT rill ' . HAiTu: i)[ m; makki;i ' . ma 15. 1 64. The tluindcriiit; cannon swept the slope. TliC) ' swept the deep ravine ; Their shot tore thrcm Ii the Southern ranks Tlie ' ploU| h ' d the ijround between, Tile i,ditteriii_i;- line ol " Si-el stnod, twofold njion the hill ; And from its crest that st. irm of death swept back the rebels still. In vain was many a tjallant deed of soldiers ' diit - done : Kre the - mit ht rout their serried foes the batter_ - must be won ! And now the_ - ' r ordered forward, to storm the Xorthern t inis : The L,dorious (irey Hattali( n. X ' irLjinia ' s youns est sons ! It was the bo s ' first battle ! ihcy burned to strike the foe ! Their hearts are wild fur ' _;lor)- ! and with a shout the ' i;o I Three hundred school-boy soldiers ! three hundred hero elves ! And some whose gleaming rifles were taller than themselves I The - charged like men of iron nene. tlirough storms of slmt and shell 1 Xor broke their step, nor waved their line though man_ - a youngster fell. The sunshine on their colors ! the flag of Liberty The sunshine of their ba -onets ! a glorious sight to see. The ' crossed the broken ridges, they passed the deep ra ' ine, And struggling up toward the guns their ghttering line was seen ; While still the Yankee cannoneers poured grape-shot from each gun, And aye the Grey Battalion unflinchingly pressed on ; No doubt, no fear, could chill these hearts that tasted Gloiy ' s cup, y nd as their stricken comrades fell the thinning line closed up ; The noblest sight a conq ' ring field of battle ever gave. The charge of that Battalion ! so young ! and yet so brave ! On swept the Grey Battalion ! on ! up the sloping hill ! The sunshine on its bayonets ! its colors waving still ! Unflinchingly from the slaughter ! heedless of those who fell ! For even in her urchins, Virginian ' s blood will tell ! The Boys were on their mettle ! full in both armies ie ' ! The nearer to the Yankees the taller each Boy grew ! On ! though the men are falling ! on ! till our work is done ! On I till the foe is routed ! on ! till the guns are won ! Still, still the cannon thundered ! ileath blazed into their eyes ! But still the Grey Battalion swept on toward its prize ! On, through the flaming battle ! upward until at last, In ' mong the blazing cannons the glittering ba} ' onets passed ! N ' ainlv the swarming Yankees fought ' gainst the Boys ' attack ! No foeman ' s arm could stop them, whom death coukl not hokl back ! The Boys stood wildly shouting, around each cajiturcd gun ! And Sigel ' s line was broken ! the blazing batteiy won ! And while tlic)- turned their cannon upon their bentcn foe. The Southern line, a gallant sight ! came charging from below ; The Patriot bayonet swept the ridge! the foes who stood the-)- mowed I And Sigel ' s army routed, went flying down the road ! The heroes of the battle field drank deep of Glory ' s joys — The conq ' ring Grey Battalion I the gallant Southern Boys ! Their fame will live forever ! as long as war is taught, A lesson to the ages has the Battalion fought. And while Virginia ' s mountains stand, and while her rivers flow, .Still will she rear the Patriot Band, her guard ' gainst eveiy foe ; . nd while she marshals her brave sons to learn the soldiers ' art. The Halls where " Stonewall " Jackson taught, will be ' Virginia ' s Heart! The Patriot of the times to come, the soldiers whom she rears, ■VViU ever prove them worthy sons of her great Cavaliers ! Inheriting their names and fame, stand in their Father ' s place. The Body Guard of Freedom ! Virginia ' s Warrior Race ! And age, as the Battalion hears the rolling of the drum. Shall might) ' mem ' ries stir the breast of Captains -et to conic ; Grand mem ' ries of that glorious field ! of its ictorious fight ! Bright mem ' ries of its gallant dead who died for God and Right ! Heroes of battles }et unfought will learn their dut - here. To tread the path of Glon ' without reproach or fear ! To tread the path of W ' .ashington ! of Jackson ! and of Lee ! To battle for their country ! to keep Virginia free ! ' knciu ' not down the ages, what other wars may come. What i ther faces ma - gather to rob us of our home ; But tliis we know ! her spirit still h etli as of yore. Her hne of Heroes fails not ! nor shall foreverniore ! Her Body (niard of Freedom stands in unbroken pouer ! And God will raise the leader at the appointed hour I The graves of her great Rebels her rallying grountl w ill be ! No matter who invades her ! Virginia will be free I — Hciirv . Ilanisoii. Note. Gen, Breckinridge, Uie Confederate Secretary of War, told me in Richmond, Jannary 1 65. tliat the cliarge of tlie Cadets was the most splendid sight that he had ever st He said that they got into the charge without his knowing it, that he had tried to keep them, as much as possible, out of harm ' s way. He heard his men cheering, looked up and saw Battalion which he knew at once by the size of the men, and by its fine appearance sweeping across the battlefield as if on Dress Parade and it was too late to save it. He said it aln broke his heart to see the Boys dropping, and the gaps made in their line by the terrible fire ; but that the way they closed up and went up to the Yankee guns was the most glorious th (iR.WF.S (IF C. DETS WHO TKLL IN tllE B.VrTLE OF NKW M.VRKEr. • STiJ.X EW ALL I AC KSIJX. H IHcw ancc otc of " Stonewall " 3ackiion. At the first buttle of Manassas, just as Jackson DRlcred his infantry ti) make tliat fmidus charge near the Henry House, he directed tlie artillen ' to retire and take position on tile ritlge in rear of the line of Ijattle. At this time, our esteemed Treasurer, Colonel Poague, who was a Second Lieutenant in the Rockbridge Hatteiy, slipped doun to the ravine in front to fill his canteen and get a drink of water. While doing so, he saw General Jackson, whom he knew er - well, forming the men scattered along the creek and in groups here and there. These men had been in the morning ' s fight and had been separated from their different commands. " Now men " said the General in that distinctixe, higli ]Mtched oice of his, " when )-ou see the Yankees come to that fringe of woods yonder give em pep-per-r-r. " The men raised a loud cheer and as Jackson galloped off he turned in his saddle and added " and SALT to-o-o. " A Louisiana Tiger not knowing who Jackson was, turned to a comrade and said : " Well, that fellow ain ' t much on the cuss, is he ? " " No, " came the reply " he ain ' t much on the cuss but he ' s some in a fight. " R. A. M. " Stonewall " 3ach5on as a iprofcssor innM line iNsiiri- ri-, mkmorial. It is not siii-prisiiii; that uIilh the Hciard of X ' isitors of the X ' iiLjinia iMilitaiA ' InstitutL- were looking about for a suitable person to fill the chair of Natural and l- ' .xperimcntal Philosophy and Artillen-, the associates of this young and brave Major of Artillen- sliould have pointed him out as worthy to receive so distinguished an honor. Other names had been submitted to the Board of Visitors bj- the facult - of West Point, all of them distinguished for high scholarship and for gallant sen-ices in Mexico ; General McClellan, General Reno, General Rosecrans, of the Northern aini -, and General G. W. Smith, of the Confederate army, were thus named. But the peculiar fitness of young Jackson, from the high testimonials to his personal character and his nativit)- as a Virginian, satisfied the Board that they might safely select him for the vacant chair, without seeking candidates from other States. He was, therefore, unanimously elected to the Professorship on the 28th of March, 1S51. and entered upon the duties of his chair on the 1st of September following. The iirofcssional career of Major Jackson was marked b)- great faithfulness, and by an unobtrusi -e, yet earnest spirit. With high mental eiuloHnie iits. teaching was a new profession to him, and demanded, in the important department of instruction assigned to him. an amount of labor which, from the state of his health, and especiall_ - from the weakness of his e_ -es, he rendered at great sacrifice. Conscientious fidelit_ - to dutj- marked e ery step of his life here ; and when called to acti e dut - in the field, he had made considerable progress in the preparation of an elementaiy work on optics, which he proposed to publish for the benefit of his classes. Strict, and at times stern in his discipline, though ever polite and kind, he was not always a popular Professor ; but no Professor ever possessed to a high degree the confidence and respect of the cadets, for his unbending integrity- and fearlessness in the discharge of his dut)-. If he was exact in his demands upon them, the ' knew he was no less so in his own respe ct for, and submission to authority ; and thus it became a proverb among them, that it was useless to write an excuse for a report made b - Major Jackson. His great principle of government wa.s, that a general rule should not be iolated for any particular good, and his animating rule of action was, that a man could always accomplish what he willed to perform. Punctual to the minute, I have known him to w-alk in front of the superintendent ' s quarters during a hard rain, because the hour had not quite arrived when it was his dutv to present his weekly class reports. For ten years he prosecuted his unwearied labors as a Professor, making, during tliis period, in no questionable form, such an impress upon those who, from time to time, were under his command, that when the war broke out, the spontaneous sentiment of every cadet and graduate, was to ser ' e under him as their leader. The habit of mind of Major Jackson, long before he made a public profession of religion, was reverential. Dc outly recognizing the authority of God, submissiveness to Him as his divine teacher and guiile, soon matnred into a confession of faith in Him, and from that moment the " triple cord " — " not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, ser ing the Lord " — bound him in simple and trustful obedience to his Divine Master. With such a spirit animating a resolute, earnest, and fearless soldier, whose whole life had been one continuous struggle with difficulties, this was the character, and this was the man, fitted of God and trained b - His pro idence, to be one of the leaders of our armies in the momentous struggle which opened upon us with the year 1861 : and there was not an officer nor a cadet of the Institution that did not feel it to be so. He left the Militaiy Institute on the 21st of April, 1S61, in connnand of the corps of cadets, and reported for duty at Camp Lee, Richmond. Dangers were thickening rapidly around the .State. ln asion by i x erwhelming numbers seemed imminent. Norfolk, Richmond, Alexandria, and Harper ' s Feriy were threatened. Officers were needed to command at these points. The Governor of Virginia, with the sagacity which has been before noticed, nominated Major Jackson as Colonel of Volunteers. His nomination was immediately and unanimously confirmed by the Council of State, and sent to the convention then in session. Some prejudice existed in that body from the supposed influence of the Virginia Militaiy Institute in these appointments, and the question was asked by various members: " Who is this Thomas J.Jackson? " A member of the convention from the Count} ' of Rockbridge, Hon. S. McDowell Moore, replied : " I can tell _ -ou who he is. If you put Jackson in command at Norfolk, he will never leave it alive, unless you order him to do so. " Such was the impress made upon his neighbors and friends in his quiet life as a Professor at the Militaiy Institute. ZEbe Mcst ipoiiit of tbc a;o tc cvac ' UOVS IN BATTLE AT X1£ V MARKET. XIKIWNIA, MA I 5, I S64. This article is coyrighted by the Century Co. Through whose courtesy we are permitted to publish it. Le.xington, Mrginia, is a somewhat historic spot now, being the burial-place of Robert E. Lee aiul of " Stonewall " Jackson ; and it is by no means inaccessible, having no fewer than three railroads. When I first knew it. nearly tuent -fi e years ago, it not only had little pretense to fame, but was one of the most out-of-the-way spots in the State. In the year 1839 the State of Virginia, having an arsenal at Lexington, established there a military school and placed her propert)- in charge of the officers and cadets of the Virginia Militaiy Institute. Lender the control of its superintendent. Colonel Francis H. Smith, a West Point graduate, the Virginia Militaiy Institute prospered up to the period of the war of iS6t It was conducted in many respects like the National Academy at West Point. Virginia was a wealthy State in those da -s and took great pride in her Militaiy Institute. And while the appropriations were not so large or the appointments so complete as those pro ided by Congress, the Virginia academy was no mean imitator of West Point. With the outbreak of the war came, of course, a new impetus to everything pertaining to militaiy knowledge ; and the Virginia Institute, being the largest and the best-equipped establishment of its kind in the South, at once became prominent as a training-school. At a later period of the war it had, I believe, the exceptional honor of having sent its corps o f cadets, as a body, into battle. It is to chronicle that episode that I write ; for the single martial exploit of that young band of boys was as brave as the archery of the boymarksman of the Iliad w ' ho launched forth death to the foe from behind the shield of Ajax Telamon. In the autumn of i S62 the writer, then a lad under the regulation age of sixteen, but admitted as a special favor, reported as a cadet to the superintendent of the Institute. It was almost the only school then open in the State. Men had been killed in batde upon the campus of old William and Maiy College at Williamsburg. Her lecture-rooms were filled with sick and wounded. Grass was growi ' 1- upon the pavements of the Virginia Uni crsit)- ; the colonnades of Washington College were deserted. Teachers and scholars had marched away from all these to the great passion play. But ne er, in her whole histoiy, had the Virginia Militaiy Institute been so crowded to overflowing, or so aglow with life. Almost entireh- depleted at the outbreak of hostilities by the draft of a splendid body of young officers from the corp.s, she had been replenished by the j-oungsters whom President Da is afterwards called " the seed com of the Confederacy, " and scarcely a historic famil ' in the South was without its jouthful representative tliere, prcjjaring liimself in the mihtary art. The times were stirring. The bo)- wlio sought miUtaiy education then did so, not witli the vague idea that at some future day it might prove useful, but ahiiost in hearing of tlie thunder of the guns. And at the period of my entering the Institute the impatience of boyhood had been taught that there was httle danger the war would end before we had our chance. Big Bethel and Manassas had been fought ; the Mcrrbnat antl the Monitor had met ; our armies had passed a intcr in camp ; the disasters of Roanoke Island, Forts Hemy and Donelson, and bloody Shiloh ; the seven days ' fighting around Richmond — all these had tempered the arrogance and subdued the confidence of men. Predictions of peace in ninets ' days had ceased, and too many hearts were already bleeding to make the hideous death grapple longer the subject of empt)- boast or trivial jest. Both North and South were settling down grimly to that agony of war which God grant that -ou who have never known it may alwa -s be spared. The ante-bellum equipment of the Virginia Cadet Corps had been vciy complete and striking. It was fully ;ls handsome ;is the West Point outfit and very much the same. Several years before I had seen tho.se wonderful coatees with their fort)--four buttons of shining brass, those man ' elous cro.ss-bclts, and the patent-leather hats with nodding plume or pompon ; and since peace has come again the)- have bloomed afresh, in all their pristine glory. On my journey visions of all this finely had filled my youthful imagination ; but when I arrived I found that the blockade and the growing scarcitj of ever -thing like lu.xuiy and adornment had wrought great changes in the dapper appearance of the corps. In May, 1862, the cadets had been marched to Jack.son ' s aid at McDowell in the Shenandoah X ' alley. The)- had arrived too late to take part in the battle, but the efiect of the march had been to wear out the last vestige of the peace uniforms. Then we had re-sort to coarse sheep ' .s-gray jacket and trousers, with se en buttons and a plain black tape stripe. The cadet of to-day appears with felt chapeau and a ten-inch cock-plunie that never knew how to strut until, plucked from a rooster ' s tail, it was stuck on the top of a cadet ' s head. W ' c «ere content with a simple forage cap. blue or gray, as we could procure it The cadet of to-day disports himself in white cross-belts, shining plates, and patent-leather accouterments. Then, we had a plain leather cartridge-bo.x, and waist-belt with a harness buckle. The cadet of to-day handles a bronze-barreled breech-loading rifle, of the latest Springfield pattern. Then, ue went into the battle of New Market with muzzle-loading Belgian rifles as clumsy as pickaxes. . s the war progressed, our uniforms ceased to be uniform ; for as the difficult)- of procuring cloth increased we were permitted to supply ourseUes with whatever our parents could procure, and in time we appeared in ever) ' shade from Melton gray to Georgia butternut Cadet fare in those days was also veiy simple — so very simple, indeed, that I doubt whether any body of boys were ever so healthy as we were. What we did get was nutritious and palatable, save an ever-to-be-remembered lot of Na.ssau bacon ' --.ppearcd to have been saturated with tar on its blockade-running cruise, and one apparently inexhaustible suppi)- of pickled beef so old and tough that it glittered with prismatic splendor in the light. The course of studies was faithfully pursued. The full professors were nearly all too old for active service. General Smith, Colonel Gilham, Colonel ' illiam,son, and Colonel Preston, after aluable service rendered at the outbreak in organizing forces, had returned to the Institute. Colonel Crutchfield returned once, wounded, and then went back to die most glorioush-. " Stonewall " Jackson, who had been Professor, never, if I remember righth-, saw his class-room again : and after he went into the senice, never entered the building until, borne upon the shoulders of eight weeping boys, his pale face looked up from the casket on the spot where he had taught, and his voiceless lips filled his old precinct «ith a silent eloquence which made soldiers and heroes at a single lesson. The Institute was an a.s}-lum for its wounded Alumni, and many such, banished from home b}- invasion or distance, occupied the period of convalescence in teaching. One day Cutshaw, one of Lee ' s best artillerists, shot all to pieces at the front and sent home to die, uould teach us mathematics until he could wear his wooden leg back to his batteiy ; another day Preston w ith his empt_ - sleeve would show us that none of his Latin was lost with his arm. At another time " Tige " Hardin, pale and broken, would come to teach until he could fight again, or Colonel Marshall McDonald, now famous as Fish Commissioner, would hobble in to point with crutch at problems on the blackboard until strong enough once more to point with sword toward the " looming bastion fringed uith fire. " P " rom such as these we learned with zest and zeal. They had our hearts to back their eftbrts. Their ver - appearance taught us lessons e -en- hour which ha e been dropped from the curriculum in these tame days of peace. The ls t dc corps of the Institute «as superb. " hen the command marched forth for an - purpose it moved as one man. The drill was perfect. Obedience was instant and implicit. As the «ar wore on, the stirring e ents following each other so rapidly and so near at hand bretl a restlessness and discontent in e ' eiy high-strung bo ' among us. P ach battle seemed to infuse fresh impatience in the cadets, o would assemble at the sallyport for discussion ; the mails were crowded with letters begging parents and guardians for permission to resign and go to the war. Good boi,-s became bad ones to secure dismissal, and ;is the result of these conspiracies regular hegiras would occur. Man ' a night ha -e I paced the sentiy-beat, thinking now of the last gay part)- that had scrambled to the top of the departing stage, commissioned for acti e ser ice : now envj ' ing the careless gayet - of the ' eterans assembled in the officers ' quarters, as from time to time their joyous laughter ox ' er campaigning yarns burst from the window of some tower room ; then hoping against hope, as it seemed, for the day when, like them, I would be a soldier indeed. The combat deepened. Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellors ;ille, Gett) ' sburg, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Missionaiy Ridge, and a hundred lesser battles were taking place around us. One da)- we buried poor Paxton ; soon after Da -idson was borne home to us : and a little later ■■ Stonewall " Jackson, in the zenith of his brilliant career, was brought back by his comrades to his hi.me. Who shall tell with what yearning our eyes followed those bra e officers as they hurried back to battle from his gra ' e ? They left us there, as if we had been babes. But our hour «;is to come .it hist, (.ictt -sbiu ' t; is often rcfurrcd to as the tumiii ' -point in the war. It was, indeed, in many ua s. Not only was it so in the fact tliat it baffled and disheartened the almost invincible army of Lee, but also in thi.s, that for the first time it aroused the North to the dangers, the horrors, and the po.ssibilitics of fighting upon its own .soil, and to the necc.s.sity of unprecedented effort if the recurrence of invasion was to be prevented. To such an extent were the Federal armies recruited that from tile surplus troops a system of raids and incursions was begun b - bodies operating independantly of the grand armies ; and while our diminishing forces were grappling with (jrant and .Sherman, raiding parties commanded by Sheridan, Stoneman, Wilson, Kautz, . erell, Hunter, Burbridge, and others rode on their flanks or in their rear with torch and sword. This policy was begun late in the summer of 1 S63. Avercll, appearing in the neighborhood of Covington, gave the Cadet Corps a long and fruitless march. The winter of 1863-64 was gloomy enough in the Confederac)-. Our .soldiers no longer returned from the front exuberant with the joys of camp life and of icton-. They were worn and ragged, and, if not actually dispirited, were at least sobered and reflective. The thoughtful, the wise, shook their heads sadly at the prospects of the opening spring campaign. But in one spot of the Confederacy, at least, the martial spirit still burned high, and the hope of battle flamed fresh as on the morning of Manassas. One little nest of fledglings yet remained, who. all untrietl, too young to reason, too buoyant to doubt, were longing to try their wings. On the loth of May, 1 S64, the Cadet Corps was the vei - pink of drill and discipline, and mustered 350 strong. The plebes of the last fall had passed through squad and compan - drill, and the battalion was now proficient in the most intricate manoeuvre. The broad parade ground lay spread out like a green carpet. The far-ofi " ranges of the Blue Ridge seemed nearer in the clear light of spring. The old guard tree, once ' more luxuriantly green, sheltered its watching groups of admiring girls and prattling children. The battalion wheel, charged, and counter marched in mimiciy of war, until at sunset we formed in line for dress parade. The band pla -ed up and down the line. The last rays faded upon the neighboring peak of House Mountain. The evening gun boomed out upon the stillness. The colors of the Institute dropped lazily from their staff Ne er in all her histoiy seemed Lexington and her surroundings more gently beautiful, more calmK- peaceful. Such was the sunset hour of that lovely day on which we sought our cots, almost forgetful of the troubled world elsewhere. At midnight, sa e in the guard-room at the sally-port, ever)- light had disappeared. Suddenly the barracks reverberated with the throbbing of drums ; we awoke and recognized the long roll. Lights were up ; the stoops resounded with the ru.sh of footsteps seeking place in the ranks : the adjutant by lantern-light read our orders amid breathless silence. The - told us that the enem " was in the alley. that Breckinridge needed help, and that we were ordered to march for Staunton at day-break — a battalion of infantiy and a section of artilleiy- — with three days ' ration.s. Not a sound was uttered, not a man moved from the militaiy posture o( " parade rest. " Our beating hearts told us that our hour had come at last " Parade ' s dismissed, " piped the adjutant Then came a wild halloo, as company after company broke ranks. Again in fancy I sec the excited rush of that ga_ - throng, eager as greyhounds in the leash, hurr -ing back and forth, preparing for the start forgetful that it would be six hours before the - shoulcl march. Daybreak fouiul us on the Staunton Pike after a sleepless night and a breakfast by candle-light. We had jeered the little boys who were left behind. W ' e had tramped heavily upon the covered bridge that spans the river, until it rocked and swayed beneath our tread. l ' ' ,.xubcrant w ith the joyousness of boyhood, wc had cheered the fading turrets of the Institute as the - sank beneath the hill.s. And now, fairh ' started upon our journey, we were plodding on nt merrily, our gallant little batteiy rumbling behind. At mid-day on the 12th of May we marched int ' i " .um to the tune of " The Girl I Left Behind Me. " We were not quite as fresh or as neat as at the outset, but still game and I fear it was not the girls we left behind us that occupied our thoughts just then. Staunton then, as now, was filled with girls ' schools, and we were very much occupied with the fair faces around us. Our preparation had been simple. Being mudd - to the knees, we had waded in a creek until our shoes and trousers were cleansed, and then, picking our way daintily upon the rocks until we reached the pavements, adjusted our locks in a fence corner by the aid of pocket-comb and glass, and hurried forward to society. Tlie cadets were the favorites. Perhaps there was something of resentment for this that prompted a veteran regiment to sing " Rock-a-bye, Baby, " when we marched past them in the streets. There was little time, howexer, for ga ' et ' . Breckinridge ' s arm -, which had hurried up from south-western Virginia to meet Sigel, soon filled the tow n and suburbs. Now and then a bespattered trooper came up wearily from Wood.stock or Harrisonburg to report the steady advance of Sigel with an army thrice the size of our own. Ever and anon the serious shook their heads and predicted hot work in store for us. E en in the hour of le it)- shadow of impending bloodshed hung over all but the cadet. At evening parade the command came to move down the valley. Morning found us promptly on the march. A few lame ducks had succumbed and were left behind, but the body of the corps were still elated and eager, although rain had overtaken us. The first days ' march brought us to Marrisonburg ; the second to I,ac}- ' s Springs, within ten miles of New Market. On this day ex ' idences of the enemy ' s approach thickened on eveiy hand. At short inten ' als upon the pike, the great arteiy of travel in the ' alley, carriages and vehicles of all sorts filled the way, laden with people and their household effects, fleeing from the hostile advance. Now and then a haggard trooper, dispirited by long skirmishing against o -erwhclming force, would gloomily suggest the power and numbers of the enemy. Towards nightfall, in a little grove by a church, we came upon a squad of Federal prisoners, the first that nian - of us had ever seen. It was a stolid lot of Germans, who eyed us with curious inquiry as we passed. Laughter and badinage had somewhat subsided when we pitched camp that night in sight of our picket-fires twinkling in the gloaming but a few miles below us down the valle)-. We learned, beyond doubt, that Franz Sigel and his army were sleeping within ten miles of the spot on which we rested. For a while the woodland resounded w ith the a.xe-stroke, or the cheeiy halloo of the men from camp-fire to camp-fire ; for a while the firelight danced, and the air was sa ( r - with the odor of cooking viands; for a while the boys grouped around the camp-fires for warmth and to diy their wet clothing. But soon the silence was broken onh- now and then by the fall of a pa.ssing shower, or the champing of the colonel ' s horse upon his pro ender I was corporal of tlie guard. A single sentinel stood post, while the guard and drummers lay stretelied before the uatch-fire in deep, refreshing sleep. It was an hour past midnight when I caught the sound of hoofs upon the pike advancing at a trot, and a moment later the call of the sentr - brought me to him, where I found an aide bearing orders from the commanding general. On being aroused our commandant rubbed his eyes, muttered, " Move forward at once, " and ordered me to rouse the camp. The rolls were rattled off; the short, crisp commands went forth, and soon the battalion debouched upon the pike, heading in the darkness and the mud for New Market. 15efore we left our camp something occurred that even now ma ' be a .solace to those whose boys died .so gloriously on that da_ ' . In the gloom of the night. Captain Frank Preston, neither afraid nor ashamed to pray, sent up an appeal to God for protection to our little band. It was a humble, earnest appeal that sunk into the heart of ever)- hearer. Few were the dr - eyes, little the frivolity, in the command, when he had ceased to speak of home, of father, of mother, of countiy, of victon- and defeat, of life, of death, of eternity. Those who, but a few hours later, heard him commanding " B " Company in the thickest of the fight, his already emptj- sleeve showing that he was no stranger to the perilous edge of battle, realized as k v can how the same voice can at one time plead reverentl) ' and tenderly and at another pipe higher than the roar of battle. The day, breaking gray and gloomy, found us plodding onward in the mud. The exceedingl)- sober ca.stof our reflections was relieved by the light-heartedness of tlie veteran.s. Wharton ' s brigade, with smiling " Old Gabe " at their head, cheered us heartily ;ls we came up to the spot where the) ' were cooking breakfast by the road-side. Man)- were the good-natured gibes with which the)- restored our confidence. The old soldiers were as merry, nonchalant, and indifferent to the coming fight as if it was a daily occupation. One fellow came round with a pair of scLssors and a package of cards, offering to cut off love-locks to be sent home after we were dead. They inquired if we wanted rosewood coffins, satin-lined, with name and age on plate. In a word, the)- made us ashamed of the solemnit)- of our last six miles of marching, and renewed within our breasts the true dare-de il spirit of soldier)-. The mile-posts on the pike scored four miles, three miles, two miles, one mile to Xcw Market. Then the mounted skirmishers crowded past us hurrying to the front. Cheering began in our rear and was caught up b)- the troops along the line of march. " e learned its import as Breckinridge and his staff approached, and we joined in the huzza as that soldieiy man, mounted magnificently, dashed past us, uncovered, bowing, and riding like the Cid. - long the crest of the elevation in our front we beheld our line of mounted pickets and the smouldering fires of their night ' s bivouac. " e halted with the realization that one turn in the road would bring us in full view of the enemy ' s position. Echols ' s and Wharton ' s brigades hurried past us. There was not so much banter then. " Forward! " was the word once more, and New Market appeared in sight. The turn of the road displayed the whole position. A bold range of hills parallel with the mountains divides the Shenandoah " Valley into tw-o smaller valle)-s, and in the eastern-most of these lies New Market. The valley pike, on which we had advanced, passes tliroutjh the town parallel w ith the Massanutten range un our riL;ht, and Smith ' s Creek running along its base. The range of hills on our left breaks as it near tin town and slopes down to it from the south and west, swelling up again beyond it to the north and west. On the right of the pike, looking towards New Market, and running over to the creek, a beautiful stretch of meadow-land spreads out down to and be ond the town. Orchards skirt the village in these meadows between our position and the town, and they are filled with the enem ' ' s skirmishers. A heavy stone fence and a deep lane run westward from the town and parallel with our li ne of battle. Here the enemj- ' s infantiy was posted to recei -e our left flank, and behind it his artillery was posted on a slope, the ground rising gradually until, a short distance beyond the town, to the left of the pike, it spreads out in an elevated plateau. The hill sides from this plateau to the pike are gradual and broken b)- several gullies heavily wooded by scrub-cedar. It was Sunday morning, and i i o ' clock. In a picturesque little churchward, right under the sh.ulow of the village spire and amcmg the white tombstones, a si.x-gun batterv was posted in rear of the infnitr)- line of the enem -. The moment we debouched it opened upon us. Awa) ' off to the right, in the Lura - Gap of the i lassanutten range, our signal corps uas telegraphing the position and numbers of the enemy. Our caxalry was moving , at a gallop to the co er of the creek to attem|)t to il,uik the town, hxhols ' s brigade was moving from the pike at a double-quick by the right flank and w ent into line of battle across the meadow, its left resting on the pike. Simultaneously his skirmishers were thrown forward at a run and engaged the enemy. ( )iit of the orchards and out on the meadows rose puff after puff of blue smoke as our sharpshooters advanced, the " fop. pop, " of their rifles ringing forth excitingh-. Thundering down the pike came McLaughlin with his artilleiy, and wheeling out into the meadows he sw ung into battery action left, and let fly with all his guns. The cadet section of artillery pressing a little firther forward wheeled to the left, toiled up the slope, and with a plunging fire replied to the Federal battery in the graveyard. At the first discharge of our guns a beautiful wreath of smoke shot upward and hovered over them. The little town, which a moment before had seemed to sleep so peacef ully upon that .Sabbath morn, was now wreathed in battle-smoke and sw.uMiiing with troops hurr ' ing to their positions. We had their range beautifully, and e er) " shell, striking some obstruction, exploded in the streets. luery man of our army was in sight. K ery position of the encm_ ' was plainh- isible. His numbers were but too well known to us, for notwithstanding th.it his line of battle, already .ormed, Wcts ecjual to our own, the reports still came that the pike was filled with his infantry. Our lef t wing consisted of Wharton ' s brigade ; the center of the 62d Virginia Infantry and the catlets ; and our right of Echols ' s brigade and the eavahy. L ' p to this time I was still corporal of the guard, in charge of the baggage-wagon, with a iletail of three men. Redwood, .Stanard, and W ' oodlief We had not been relieved, in the general bustle and confusion. M - orders were to remain with the Wagons at the bend in the pike, unless our forces were driven back; in uhicli case wc were to retire to a point of safet)-. W ' lien it became evident tliat a battle was imminent, a single thought took possession of me, and that w;u;, that I would never be able to look my father in the face again if I sat on a baggage-wagon while my command was in its first, perhaps its only, engagement. He was a grim old fighter, at that moment commanding at Petersburg, and a month later fighting at odds against " Haldy " Smith until Lee could come up. He had a tongue of satire and ridicule like a lash of scorpions. I had ncarh- worried him out of his life with applications to leave the Institute and enter tlie army. If now that 1 had the opportunity, I should fail to take part in the fight, I knew what was in stoi ' e for me. Napoleon in Kg ' pt pointed to the l- ' yramids and told his soldiers that from their heights fort)- centuries looked down upon them. M_ - oration, delivered from tile baggage wagon, was not so elevated in tone, but equally emphatic. It ran about this wise: " Hovs, the enemy is in our tront. ( )ur coniniand is about to go into action. I like fighting no better than anybod - else. Hut 1 have an enemy in my rear as dreadful as anv before us. If I return home and tell m_v father that 1 was on the baggage guard when m_v comrades were fighting I know ni_ fate. I le will kill me with orse than bullets — ridicule. I shall i iin the command forthwith. Any one who chooses to rem. un may do so. " .Ml the gu.n ' d lolloued. The wagon was left in charge of the black driver. Of the four who thus went, one was killed and twn were wounded. We rejoined the battalion as it marched b - the left Hank from the pike. Moving at double-cpuck we were in an instant in line of battle, our right near the turnpike. Rising ground in our immediate front concealed us from the enemv-. The command was given to strip for action. Knapsacks, blankets, everj-thing but guns, canteens, and cartridge-boxe.s, were throv n down upon the ground. Our bov ' s were silent then. Kv erv lip was tightly drawn, everv cheek was pale ; but not with fear. With a peculiar ner ous jerk we pulled our cartridge-boxes round to the front and tightened our belts. Whistling rifled-shell screamed over us a.s, tipping the hill-crest in our own front, they bounded over our heads. Acro.ss the pike to our right Patton ' s brigade was Iv ' ing down, abreast of us. " At-ten-tion-n-n ! Battalion Forward! Guide — Cen-ter-r-rr ! " shouted Ship, and off we started. At that moment, from the left of the line, sprang Sergeant-Major Woodbridge, and posted himself fortv paces in front of the colors, as directing guide. Brave I-Aans standing over six feet two, unfurled our colors that for davs had lunig limp and bedraggled about the stafl " , and even- cadet in the Institute leaped forwarti, dressing to the ensign, elate antl thrilling with the consciousness that ■• ' Jliis is wiv . ' " Wc reached the hill-crest in our front, where wc were abreast of our smoking batterv " and in full sight and range of the encni)-. We were pressing towards him at " arms port " with the light tripping gait of the French infantrv. The enemy had obtained our range, and began to drop his shell under our noses along the slope. Echols ' s brigade ro.se up and were charging on our right with the Rebel veil. Woodbridge, who was holding his positon as directing sergeant, was ordered to resume his place in the line. Down the green slope we went, answering the wild cr}- of our comrades as their mu.sketiy rattled out its opening volleys. In another moment we should expect a pelting rain of lead from the blue line crouching behind the stone wall at the lane. Then came a •Govcruol- nnd General Henry X. Wise,— Editor. sound more stuiiniiiL; than thunder, tliat burst dircctl_ - in my face : lit;htnings leaped ; fire flashed ; the earth rocked ; the sky uhirled rountl, ami I stumbleti. M ' i;un |5itciied forward, and I fell upon my knees. Sergeant Caticii iookcd back at me sternly, pitxingK ' , and called out, ■■Close up, men, " as he passed on. I knew no more. When con.sciousness returned it was raining in torrents. 1 was lying on the grounil. which all about was torn ami plowed with shell, which were still screeching in the air anil bounding on the earth. Poor little Captain Hill of " C " Company was l ing near. bathe l in blood, with a fear ful gash o er the temple, and was gasping like a d ' ing fish. Read, Merritt, and another, also badl - shot, were near at hand. The battalion was three hundred yards away clouded in smoke and hotly engaged. The ' IkuI crossed the lane the enemy belli, and the Federal batter)- in the graveyard had fallen back to the high ground beyond. ' ■Ilow came the)- there? " I thought, and, ' ■Why am I here? " Then I saw that I was bleeding from a deep and ugly gash in my head. That illainous rifled-shell that burst in our faces brought five of us to the ground. ' ■ Hurrah ! " I thought, " -outh ' s dream is realized at last, I ' ve siot a ii ' oniul and am not dead yet . ' " And so, realizing the sax ' oiy truth, another moment found me on my feet trudging along to the hospital, almo.st whistling with delight at the thought that the next mail would bear the glorious news to the old folks at home, with a rather taunting suggestion that after all their trouble they had not been able to keep me from having my share in the fun. From this time forth I may speak of the gallant behavior of the cadets without the imputation of ' anit) ' , for I was no longer a participant in their gloiy. The fighting around the town was fierce and bloody on our left wing. Patton ' s movements on our right were rapid and effective. He had pressed forward and gained the village, and our line was now concave with an angle just beyond the tow n. The Federal infantiy had fallen back to their second line, and our left had now before it the task of ascending the slope, on the crest of which they were posted. Pausing under the cover of the deep lane to breathe awhile and correct the alignment, our troops once more advanced, clammering up the bank and over the stone fence, and at once delivering and recei ing a withering fire. At a point below the town where the turn|jike cur etl the eneni ' ' s reser cs were massetl ; in what numbers we could not yet desciy. A momentar)- confusion on our right, as our troops pressed through the streets of ew Market, ga e in ' itation for a charge of the cnenn- ' s cav-ali-)-, who were unable to see McLaughlin ' s batten- which hatl been mo ed up, unlimitetl in the streets, and double-shotted with grape and canister. The cavaliy dashed forward, squadron front, in full career. ( )ur infanti-}- scrambled o er the fences, cleared the pike, and gaxe the artilleiy a fair opportunity to rake them. They saw the trap too late. The}- tlrew up and .sought to wheel about. Hea ensl What a blizzard McLaughlin gave them. The)- reeled, staggered, w-heeled, and fled. The road was filled with fallen men and horses. A few- riderless steeds galloped towards our lines, neighed, circled, and rejoined their comrades. One gallant fellow w-hose horse became unmanageable, rode through the battery, and, at full speed, passed beyond, behind, and around our line, safeh- rejoining his comrades and cheered for his daring bv his enemies. This was the end of the c;u-alrv in that fight. Our left had mL-anwhilc pcrfomiL-d its allotted task. Up the slope, right up to tlie second line of iiifantr_ -, it went ; and a second time the Federal infantn- was forced to retire. The eteran troops had secured two ijuns of the battery, aiul the remaining four had galloped back to a new position in a farmyard on the plateau at the head of the cedar-.skirtcd gully. (Jur bo)-s IkkI captured o er a hundred prisoners. Charley h ' aulkner. now a grave Senator from West ' irginia, came back radiant, in charge of twenty-three Germans large enough to swallow him. and insisted that he captured e ei- - man of them him.self l-!loody work had been done. The space between the enemy ' s old and new positions was dotted with their dead and wounded — shot as they fled across the open field. But this same e.xposed ground now lay before, and must be crossed by our own men, under a galling fire from a .strong and protected position. The distance was not three hundred yards, but the ground to be tra -ersed wa.s a level green field of young wheat Again the advance was ordered. ( )ur men responded w ith a cheer. Poor fellows ! they hatl alread - been put upon their mettle in two a.ssaults. Kxhausted. wet to the skin, muddied to had pulled — some of them actually shoeless after their ad anced with great grit and eagerness ; for the shouting was far from conquered. As our fellows came on with ' I ' hat batten-, now charged with canister and shrapnel, moment they uncoxered. The infantry, 1 ing behind ileadl)- fire. At one discharge. ])0or Cabell, oui fiist dead, antl b)- his side Crockett and Jone.s. A blanket mangled with the canister. A few steps be ond through his heart. Alwill, Jefferson, Wheelw light, fell dropped helpless to his side, and " C " company theieb I Rl.LWI L I.I I I their eyebrows with the sti ft ' claj- through which they struggle acro.ss the plowed ground — they nevertheless on their right meant victor ' . But the foe in our front a da.sh the enemy stood his ground most courageously, opened upon the cadets with a murderous hail the fence-rails piled upon the ground, poured in a stead)-, sergeant b}- whose side I had marched so long, fell would ha e covered the three. The-)- were awfully McDowell, a mere child, sunk to his knees u ith a bullet upon green-sward and expired ; Shriver ' s sword-arm lost her cadet as well as her profe.ssor-captain. The men H-ere falling right and left. The veterans on the right of the cadets seemed to waver. Ship, our commandant fell w-ounded. I- " or the first time the cadets seemed irresolute. Some one cried out " Lie down, " and all obeyed, firing from the knee — all but K -ans, the ensign, who was standing bolt upright Poor Stanard ' s limbs were torn asunder and he lay there bleeding to death. Some one cried out, " Fall back, and rally on Fldgar ' s battalion. " Several boys moved as if to obey; but Pizzini, orderly of ' • B " company, with his Italian blood at the boiling point cocked his gun and swore he would shoot the first man who ran. Preston, brave and inspiring, with a smile lay down upon his only arm, remarking that he w-ould at least save that Collona, captain of " D, " was speaking words of encouragement and bidding the bo -s shoot close. The boys were being decimated : manifestly they must charge or retire : and charge it was. F ' or at that moment, Flenn- A. Wise, our first captain, beloxed of even- boy in the command, sprung to his feet shouted the charge, and led the Cadet Corps forward to the guns. The guns of the batten- were seived superbly ; the musketn- fairly rolled. The cadets reached the firm green-sward of the farmyard in whicli the batter} ' was planted. The Federal infantry began to break and run behind the buildings. Before the order to " Limber up " could be obe)-ed our bo}-s disabled the trails and were close upon the guns ; the gunners dropped their sponges and sought safct)- in flight. Lieutenant Hanna hammered a burly gunner over the head with his cadet sword. Winder Garrett out ran another and attacked him with his ba onet. The bo s leaped on the guns, and the battery was theirs ; while E ' ans «as wildl - wa ' ing the cadet colors from the top of a caisson. A straggling fire of infantiy was still kept up from the gully, now on our right flank, although the cadets could see the masses of blue retiring in confusion do n the hill. Then came the command to re-form the battalion, to mark time, and to half-wheel to the right, when it advanced again, firing as it went, and did not pause until it gained the pike. The broken columns of the enenn- hurried on towards Mount Jackson, hotly pressed by our infantr_ - and ca alry. ( )ur artillen- ad anced to Rude ' s Hill, and shelled their confused ranks, until they passed be -ond the burning bridge that spanned the Shenamloah at Mount |ackson. W ' e hatl won a ictor_ - — not a Mana.ssas, or an Appomattox, but, for all that, a right comforting bit of news went up the pike that night to General Lee ; for from where he lay, locked in the death gra]5ple with Grant in the Wilderness, his thoughts were, doubtless, ever turning wearil)- and anxioush- towards this flank mo ement in the alle) ' . The pursuit down the pike was more like a foot-race than a march. Our bojs straggled badl -, for all realized that the fight was o -er, and many were too exhausted to go farther. As e ening fell the clouds burst away ; the sun came forth : and, « hen night closed in, no sound of battle broke the Sabbath calm, save a solitary Napoleon gun, pounding awav at the smouldering ruins of the bridge acro.ss the river. The picket-fires of the cadets were lit at beautiful Mount .Airy, while the main bod_ - bi ouacked upon the pike a mile below New Market. Of a corps of 225 men we had lost 56 in killeil and wounded. Shortly before sundown, having had m_ - head sewed up and bandaged, and haxing rendered such service as I could to wounded comrades, I sallied forth to procure a blanket. We had left our trappings unguarded when we stripped for action. Xobod)- would consent to be detailed. The result was that the camp-followers had made away with near!)- all our haversacks and blankets. I entered the town and found it filled with soldiers laughing and carousing as light-heartedly as if it were a feast or holidaj-. A great throng of I ' V-deral prisonei ' s was corraled in a side street, under guard. The)- were nearh- all Germans. K ery t ' pe of prisoner was there. Some affable, some defiant, some light-hearted and careless, some gloomy and dejected. One fellow in particular alTorded great merriment in his quaint recital of the manner of his capture. Said he. " Dcm leetle tevils niit ter hite " lag was doo mutch fur us. De - shoost smash mine head, en I os cr ' ' Zurrcnder ' all der dime. " A loud peal of laughter went up from the b) ' .standers, among whom I recognized several cadets. His allusion to the white flag was to our colors. We had a handsome flag with a white and gilt ground and a picture of Washington. It puzzled our ad ersaries not a little. Several whom 1 ha e met since then tell me they could not make us out at all. Our strange colors, our (:liminuti e size, and our unusual precision of movement made them think we were some foreign nicrccnan- regulars. The jeers and banter of the veterans had now ceased. We had fairly won our spurs. We could mingle with them fraternal!) ' and discuss the battle on equal terms, and we did so. Glorious fellows those veterans were. To them was due ninety-nine hundreths of the glory of the ictoiy ; }-ct they seemed to delight in giving all praise to " dcm lectle tevils mit dcr vhitc vlag. " The ladies of the town also overwhelmed us with tenderness, and as for ourselves wc drank in greedily the praise which made us the lions of the hour. Leaving the village I sought the plateau where most of our lo.sses had occurred. A little above the town, in the fatal wheat-field, I came upon the dead bodies of three cadets. One wore the chevrons of an orderly sergeant. Lying upon his face, stiff and stark, with outstretched arms, his hands had clutched and torn great tufts of soil and gra.ss ; his lips retracted ; his teeth tightly locked ; his face as hard as flint, with staring, bloodshot eyes. It was hard, indeed, to recognize all that remained of Cabell, who, but a (i w hours befire, hail stooi.1 first in his class as a scholar, second as a soldier, and the peer of any boy that e er lived in e er - trait of pli_ -sical and moral manliness. A little rcnidxcd fidm the s])ot where Cabell fell, and nearer to the position of the enunu ' , la ' McDowell. It was a sight to w ring one ' s heart. Thit little boy w h l ing there asleep, more fit. indeed, for the cradle than the gra e. He w.xs barel_ - si.xteen, I judge, and b)- no means robust for his age. He was a North Carolinian. He had torn open his jacket and shirt, and, even in death, lay clutching them back, exposing a fair breast with its retl uuund. I had come too late. .Stanard had breathed his last but a few moments before I reaeheil the old farm-hoiLse where the battery had stood, now con erted into a hospital. His body as still uarm and his last messages had been words of love. Poor Jack ! Playmate, room-mate, friend — farewell. Standing there, my mind sped back to the old scenes at Lexington when we were shooting together in the " (ira.ss - Hills; " to our games and sports ; to that day, one week ago, when he had knelt at the chancel and was confirmed ; to the ]5re ious night at the giiard-firc when he confessed to a presentiment that he would be killed ; to his wistful, earnest farewell when we parted at the baggage wagon, and m - heart half reproached me for ordering him into the fight The warm tears of j ' oulhful friendshi]) came welling uyi for one I had learned to lo e as a brother: and now, twenty-four years later, I thank God that life ' s buffetiiigs and the cold-heartetlne.ss of later struggles have not damned the pure fountains of boyhood ' s friendship. A truer-hearted, bra ' er, better fellow ne er died than Jacquclin H. Stanard. A few of us brought up a limber-chest, threw our poor boys across it, and bore their remains to a deserted store-house in the illage. The next day we buried them with the honors of war, bowed down with grief at a ' ictoiy so dearly bought We started up the valle - crestfallen and dejected. Our victory was almost forgotten in ourdistre.ss for our friends and conn ' ades dead anil maimcil. ' e were still oung in the ghasth- sport. Hut we i)ro ed apt scholars. As we mined up the alle_v we were not hniled as sorrowing friends, but greeted as heroes and ' ictors. At Harrisonburg, at Staunton, at Charlottesville, everywhere, an o ' ation awaited us such as we did not dream of, and such as has seldom greeted any troops. The dead, and the poor fellows who were still tossing on cots of fe er and delirium, were almost forgotten by the selfish comrades whose fame their blood had bought. We were ordered to Richmond. All our sadness disappeared. A week later the Cadet Corps, garlanded, cheered by ten thousand throats, intoxicated with praise unstinted, wheeled proudly beneath the shadow of the Washington IMonument at Richmond to receive a stand of colors from the Governor, the band playing lustiK- — Oh ! thcre ' .s not a trade that ' s going ' orth showing, or knowing. Like that from glorj ' growing I- ' or the bowld soldier bo)-. The boys who formed the corps of the West Point of the Confederacy are no longer boys. Many are dead. Many fill high stations in mature manhood. Many are already gray with care. The ' irginia Militar_ - Institute still sur i xs the wreck of war. But it is not the hot-bed of war that it was in those days. John S. Wise. • v! fei % ,. [ The cuts iu lliis article are reproduced by permission from Tii CADETS IN THE WHEAT EIELD RY Magazine. 1 3ach5on flDcniorial Iball The cuts shou- the ele ation and parts of the plan of " the Jackson Memorial Hall. The greater part of the building is under roof It is adjudged a ven ' handsome and imposing structure: it was designed b - Mr. I. K. A. Rose, a cadet of the class of 1SS3. In the basement there is a g -mnasium 90X 50.x 25 feet with cellar beneath with ample provision for swimming pool : baths supplied with hot and cold water have been in operation since Januaiy. The Memorial Chapel to seat 750 person.s, occupies witli the -estibule the whole first floor, and over it is a large, well lighted and entilated drawing acadeni)-, that will greath- promote the efficienc)- of work- in this characteristic department of the course of militaiy and scientific instruction. A V. M. C. A. Hall with .seating capacit)- of 200, occupies the full story o er the arch and the room o er the estibule. This hall will be high-pitched, with gothic roof showing ceiling and tru.sses in finished pine. The g}-mnasium will be finished in pine with high wainscotting and panelled ceiling. The floor of the Memorial Hall will be inclined; with elevated platform in north end; the ceiling uill be flat in the centre with grained arches over the side aisles. The outside trimming of the building is in buff terra cotta. The scheme to erect a structure to commemorate the connection of the hero and Christian warrior, " Stonewall " Jackson, u ith the great work of this favored institution of ' irginia had its inception in 1869, when John Letcher, Kx-Go ernor of Virginia, was the President of the Board of Visitors. About S6,ooo was then contributed by old cadets, and friends and admirers of Jackson. ' arious causes occurred to hinder and obstruct an effort in this direction until the year I 891, when the scheme was re i ed ; the results are as shown. The fund in hand has been exhausted and work must for the present be discontinued. A memorial that will keep alive among the ingenuous youth of the South the memor)- of " Stonewall " Jack.son, must be a ne -er failing source of inspiration. After attaining high distinction and promotion as an Artillery Officer in the Mexican war, Jackson came to the Institute in the summer of 1S51, as Professor of Natural and PLxperimental Philosophy and instructor of Artilleiy Tactics, Ordnance and Gunneiy. He went in command of the Battalion of Cadets to Richmond in Ai ril, 1861, when at the outbreak of hostilities the Corps of Cadets was ordered b - Go crnor Letcher with active senice. Jackson remained in command of the cadets in Camp Lee at Richmond — the great training school of the Arni_ - of Northern X ' irginia, until he was assigned to command at Harper ' s Feriy. When he left Camp Lee he took with him a squad of cadets to assist him in reducing to order and form the patriot bands assembled in the lower alley. From that time his histon- is known of all the world. His name was borne upon the roster of officers of the Institute at the time of his tragic death. He had expressed his purpose of resuming his work as Professor after the termination of the war. Jackson was perhaps the greatest militaiy genius developed in the war between the States. His character is one of the most marked in the histon- of the human race. He feared God — none else ; and absorbed as was his whole soul and being in the lo -e of God, and the simple desire to do His will, he was a character altogether without precedent in the profession of education. Could there be a nobler example? May not the ' irginia Militaiy Institute be proud of the official roll that bears the name of Jackson? Is it not a duty to lay hold of the teachings of his life and example for the benefit of the coming generations of men? This memorial hall will be decorated with mural tablets, windows or other monuments to perpetuate the memon- of the Alumni of the Institute w ho haxc fallen in battle, or ha e in other wa -s dexoted their lixes for the benefit of humanit -. r4 =a , , , , n -HH 3i«3Vffl3ia 6 3«CAS(gjH!lg ( L o o xr — a rr — n m «sM ASs® a mmn O ' 1 - J HEADQUARTERS IN CAMP a Morth i ifoc It hail been twcnU ' years since lie tudk his " Dip " at the M. 1.. Inil Mi Wini lielil -a e Inni a .l;c " ' iI. hnvj, 1 k,| and cxclainietl : " Remember _ iu? I shmikl sa - sd ! ' i)u ' re (.)lel .Se ent -ti e that mile the mule iiUn the ilrii;,; store. " As scmn ;ls he opened his mouth, Mr. Adams recilleil him " as the chap that knocked the man dou n who insisted upon ])a.ssin; between liim and his company. " " And N ' ou ' re the Cadet, " added W ' inL rield, " that raised such a bump on the circus man ' s heail, and maiie him L;i e the ' rat ' hi - chanL;e that time ? " " And threw the bii; apple into lllit ' s horn at the fair, right in the middle of the time, " continued Adams : " Oh ! we ne er forget a Cadet at the tailor shop. " He has become a Captain in the service of the United States now. ( )f his rise IVoni the r.mks lie said but little. . l List liv modestl) ' confessed that hi.s Captainc - had been wdii on the field, and was fiiiall) ' pre -,iileil upon to n.irr.ile a curious experience which befell him shortly after he va.s made Lieutenant. " The Apaches were on the war-path again, " he said, flicking the ashes off his cigar. " X ' oung Cochise hail broken out of the Reservation and was off with a big band of bucks, and wc were after them. In the saddle, d.i)- after day for miles and miles. . nA such miles ! all sand and rocks, and sage-brush, and alkali, hemmed in b)- mountains, ami the sun beating down on us till it xv.is enough to melt a man ' s brains, if he had an -. Well, we rode, and rode in clouds of fine dust, that sifted through our clothes and into e er ' |)ore of our skin. At night before we laid down to sleep, we had to keep a sharp look-out foi ' tannUiil.is and rattlesnakes. " We had been away from the I ' " ort nearl - a month, and had followed Voung Cochise ' s trail close, but not a sight of him. or his band had we gotten yet, till one e ening we ni.ide camp and hobbled oiu ' horses, ,ind I was stretched out b)- the fire talking to the sergeant, when he started up with : ' Did you hear that? ' " Now horses are terrifieil b)- the sight and sound of a flapping buffalo skin. That ' s the way the Indians stamiiede ' em — the skin makes a sharp pop ! pop ! and sure enough, just as he yelled. Took out lor the horses 1 ' there ;ls a flash past us, a rush and whir-r-r, four of our best horses were gone. Still, next da ' , there was not an , pache in sight. It rained .so, that when we came to a big grassy flat, all wet, we lost the trail. We called a halt, and the scouts just squatted down and considered. Then they went o er every inch of that flat till )-ou ' d have thought the - were counting the blades of grass. . fter awhile one ot ' em held up what looked like an old piece of leather. It was a buckskin horseshoe. The trail got hot now, and we pushed on upward tow.ird the foot-hills The scouts held another pow-wow, and then scattered in different directions. ( )ne crawleil up the low ridge wliicli rose a short distance in front of us, and presently he signalled to me for all he was worth. I got u[] to him as quickly as 1 could, and lie point ' jd 1(1 a little spring below — there were footprints leading:; from it. As I looked tliev filled with water. They were too small to belong to anybod) ' but a bo} ' , or a squaw, evidentl_ - sent out from ambuscade. lie must ha e seen us and llowii to gi e warning, f ir no sign of him could we .see e.xcept the footprints. ■■ Helow us the ground stretched away, broken at about two hundred )-ards b_ - a sort of a mound ci ' ested with chaparral. Just as I tiecided that that hillock meant mischief, the scout pointed again. In a second 1 saw a gleam — the sun on a rille barrel. The rascals were there. Mow man)-? The other scouts could not get near enough to saj-. They reporteil a rille-pit inside the knoll. So that meant that what we wanted we ' d got to go and take, and the taking wasn ' t going; to be ea.sy. ' et not a man hung back. The ad ance exposed to their fire till we could get under co er, tried us e ' ery one. It cost me e. actl_ ' hall my men. " Then we orked our way along till e reached co er, within mne yards of theirs, but not a redskin could we catch sight of Crack I crack I crack ! their rilles kept on, ami we ga -e it back to ' em. The Indians whooped auti ve yelled, anil then we exchangetl fire again. The)- , timed uncommo|-il - well too, and ni)- men began to drop first on one side of me then on the other, while ve couldi-| ' t see what execution we were tloing. It was grin-i work, like fighting in the d.irk. ,u-id it went on hour after hour. With the sun scorchii-ig us and the blinding glare .uid the dust, and the thirst and the mo.ms of the d)-ing, and the - cent of the blood, it was as much of (the Captain made a tlownward gesture) as I e erwant to see. M)- men behaved spleiididl)-. Hut the str.un became terrible, and though the rifles in the opposite pit w-cre certaini)- fewer in niu-nber now, the - danced along the top, fir. t here, then there, from point to point ; bef re oii could fix one flash, here cmie another. Not a hcid could .show .ibo -e our coxer. That was just about sunset, and 1 s.iw- th.it m - n-ien, hardl - oiie-third of m - original force, were getting nUlled. .So there was nothing to help it Ijut a rush, and shouting out to ' em, with the sergeant . ' it m - heels, I sprang out of co er. W ' h.it I s.iw then in the little Indian fort made me stop short. 1 struck up the sergeant ' s arn-i ,uid iust g.ispetl out : ' Good (iod ! it ' s a v oman ! ' Hut it wa-; too late. He had fired. ■•()ne single sqiuiw " had held th.it little firt for I leaxen knows how long. She wa. old, ,iiid she had woi-ked those bewiklering rifles with her left arm sh.ittered and her jawdj.me broken. She fell back dead with her withered fice full of hate and defiance " rile deail la)- piled .iround her. ' (iung- Cochise was de.id and e er)- buck- of his part)-. The entire band we were searching for w.is in that pit, and not a man of ' em left ali -e. In one corner, crouching under bufl ' alo skins anil nearl)- smothered by the dirt knocked ilown on ' em, ere the wnmen and chiklren. ,- mong- ' em was the wounded ilaughter of the old squaw-, with her throat cut but still ali -e. She said afterwards, that her mother.cut it. " She w;is a wr.rlh)- foe, and I would willingl)- h,i -e spared her though the doctor said that the sergeant ' s bullet h.id oul)- put a merciful einl to what would ha e been i hopeless agou)-, loi-ig drawn out. .She was the bnixest vi- man I e -er saw-. Inside her woman ' s shape she had the courage of tweiit)- men. " l. xi-:v Hope ] I. kk. H SunC a ) Scare AN INCiriENT lir V. M. I. LIFE. The closing weeks of June, 1S85, ushered in one of those ilays, whose briijhtness and indescribable charm Iieitjlitencd anticipation, and seemed prophetic of a happy conchision to all undertakings. It being the Sunda ' set apart by the . and L. L ' . for their Baccalaureate sermon, we cadets were gixen an opportunity to do honor to the occasion b ' being allowed to attend church out of ranks : but, instead of accepting tliis privilege, we gladly embraced the opportunity ' of creating a privilege more agreeable to our wayward fancies. After church roll call, a jollj- part)- of eight or ten uniformed foragers stole out by rear of barracks, crossed " Magazine Hill " in Indian-stjle and strolled leisurely towards Lc bumu ' s d.uii. This dam during low water is an excellent place for a dash and a di ' e, and is frequented by students and cadets. Arri ing at our destination and espying an attractive cherry-tree on the opposite hill-side, which probably belonged to the State of X ' irginia (?), we crossed the cloudy waters above the dam and returned well paid for the difficulties experienced in crossing over and back. We were disappointed in our anticipateil " swim " below the dam on account of the increasing blow and muddiness of the water and commenced dressing preparatory to oin ' retinn to barracks. Ikard of Te.xas and Harman of Virginia. howe er, lingered and wading in towards the great sheet of tumbling water, threw theni. eh ' es on the surface, and tried to swim back to shore. H ut. how strange ! stroke after stroke failed to bring them an)- nearer. In fact, the)- were receding. Seriousness had taken the place of confidence ; determination was reflected from Ikard ' s countenance, as he strained e er)- muscle of his powerful bod)- to o erconie the treacherous " backwater. " At last he reached the shore in safety. But. little Harman ? With blanched face and despair on en- feature, he was drawn faster and faster toward the roaring water tumbling o cr the dam. The great yellow- sheet struck him and he disappeared. It was the work of a few seconds onl - to throw off the few garments I had on. to run acro.ss the top of the dam. and pitch head foremost into the seething mas.s. We came to the surface about the .same time. I caught Harman under his arm and started swimming with him awa)- from the pounding waterfall. But we w ere si.ion drawn back, pounded , and sent to the bottom only to be thrown to the surface again. Three times we made the attempt and. yet. we were still being to.ssed at the merc - of the current. Harman was weakening fast. His almost lifeless body was getting heaxier and hea ier. and feeling that it wciuld be impossible to swim out with him, I started alone. I tried crawling on the bottom of the ri -er. Every effort failed. Hope ua-s vanishing. Strength was ebbing. The muddy watcr was strangling. A blank folh.WLd. then a keen shout, sounding high abo c the roar of tlic death dealing w-ater. " Take hold ! Take hold ! " Like one awakening from a night-mare. I gra.sped a long pole in the hands of Cadet Fauntleroy and was drawn to a rocky island near the opposite side of the river to which I had been gradually floating. Turning to look upon the place that covered poor Harman, the sluggish current coursing mj- ' eins almost stood still at the sight of the other cadets : hovering near the edge of the dam about midwa - out, with white pants held down, in the vain hope that Harman might grasp them. A husky agonizing tone of " Go back, go back ! " sent them away from danger. Just then a white object came floating by. It was Harman, with feet and hands down, only the back in view, floating lifeless with the current. Fauntlero)-, with his accustomed level-headedncss, threw the pole o er his body and drew him to the island, limp and lifeless. Ah ! w hat a sad sight. But, why fold our arms when there wa.s, perhaps, a spark of life still left ? Placing the bod - over our grasped hands water rushed from his mouth. A slight mo ement followed ; intelligence waked in his e -es and Harman came back to life. A pantlcss, but thankful party returned to barracks that afternoon with a memory i id and harrowing, which they bear to this day. Fkedekick F. Amiss, (C ass of ' S6). ■i lln fTI cinoviam MILKS S. DKMMING DIED August 25111, 1892 STITH F. BOLLIXG DIED September 6tii, 1894 Zbc Hluinni Hssociation (1. 1). l.iCTCiiKi;. Vv.v ' V, 1 W hiiMi , ,s, , ' , „ ■; . 1. SiiiKi.ii.-. Iriasiini tllumni E»a ), 3unc 20tb, IS05 Of the caiiicr history nf this assDcialion. imthiiiL; need be said : but radieal cliani, ' es in its constitution ha e recent!)- l)een made anil with these tlie Alumni body is as yet un,Lei|nainted. At the annual nieetint; held June jSth I S94. a special committee was appointed to loiniulate a ])lan of action and authority i;i en to act on the apprmcd plan at once. H - this committee, after due consultation with the powers that be. it has been decided thai hereafter a da - — to be known as " Alumni 1 )a - " — shall be a special feature of the finals, and be set aside for the particular purpose inilicated. for that occasion — alwaws to be the ne. t to last d.i)- of the session — a :;alute. fired in honor of the alumni b - the cadet battery, ;m inform.il reception, a military revie . at which all . lumni are expected to accompan_ - the rexaewinij officer, and later, an addreivs or b,uii|uet make up tile programme ;o lar determined. .Ml isilinL; . lumni will be met, t;i en badi es and furnisheil tpLarters either in camp or barracks. It is hopetl and beliesed th.it this .irr.ingement will Ljreatl)- increase the comfort ,in l pK-.r.ure of ,ill crmcerned, doini; aw.iy, .is it does, ith the hurr_ - and excitement itteiiding- the annual meetint;s, heretofore held almost before the last notes of " .Auld l-aiiL; S ne " ha e died awa - and when all is bustle and confusion. Between an institution of . .lod ,;t,uidin;_; and its L;r,iduates, there alwa_ s exists a feelinL; of reciiirocated pride. I- ' .ach affects and is aflectetl b_ - the other anil the . liinmi themseUes .ire diMwii toLjether more or less closel)-. aecordini; to the circumstances .and methods of life in the particular institutions represented be them. 1 he peculiar charm of barracks life, the remark.ible de ree of intimac)- developed amon r cadets, the life-Ion- friendships f)rmed in the corps and other ,-.uch details, too numerous to mention, a.ll combine to fo,;ter this, feelin;, ' amoni; our own men to so rem.irkaliie a degree as to be frequentl)- commented upon, e en be outsiders. Hence a -isit to the Institute at any time is a pleasure keenl_ - relisheil b_ - all e -cadets. Coming together in numbers on . limini 1 ).i_ -. meeting old friends and former class-m.iles. and renewing our touch .and interest with the .iff.iirs of oin ' Aliiin Malrr. will all tend to further the purposes of the .associ.ition. indirectl_ - to build up the bistitute and certainly be ,1 .-.ource of infinite pileasure to the .Munini themselves. M. 3achi30iw1bopc flI c ali5t L. 11. Si Kuril KK K. W. Damdsox T. T. lloLLliWAV K. (i. W ' niiKKs j. 11. McCciiu) A. K, Snvhek J. M. l ' . TTON I). H. PklTCHETT A. T. Sijiss W. J. CkiiCKKK W. I ' . Dl.NM- I ' .. II. M.WKV R. K. J. M J. R. Doles J. 1!. Mkem, Jr. W. A. M..NcrKE (i. B. AFlI.LKK ). 1). W. Rh 1877 1878 1879 1883 1884 1885 YlK(.IM. ( ' ,. 1 ). l.i;ix;iiEK M. KVl.. Ml W. (i Al I.WIIOI) Illinois K. H. DlBuissox VlKi.lM. L. W. Reid Missouri N. H. Tl ' cker ViRGlNI.N C. P. Fenner YlRCIM.V W . X. 1 Iamlet X ' iKClM A F. AI.M.I.oKV MissoiKi T. H. Taliaeekro ' lki,IM. R. L. 1 l.xRnix ' ]I |.IM. C. H. Si EMF VlK(.I.M. 1.. r. Ilv.vrr . VlKl.lNI. J. R, TiioM.xs VlR(.IM. W ,11. IWlok . V ' iKi.lM 1. . . .M. 1)KAKIX(, N ' ikl.lM 1,. W, 11. I ' lAloN ' |K(.1M, w .11. COCRE ViKCIMA c. K. Kii.r.ouKXE 1887 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 ' |R(,IXIA N ' lKlilMA Louisiana Virginia Virginia Louisiana Virginia ViRinxiA Virgixia ' |K(,IXIA Virginia Virginia Texxessee ' lRGINIA VlRGIM.X VlKGIM. ViKlilNIA Ul.sTRICT OE CoLUMIilA Hn Hvcraijc of tbc nDcayuicincntC ' ot the Jfu t Class uowixii iNcui;. si-; i-ok rm; iulk vkaks IN (.KAIUAl ' lilN. Chest (normal). 35.5 inches Total Kxpansiiin c f Chest. 4-5 ' ■ l xpansion abuxe loniial. 2. ON ENTRANCE. Hiceps, 12.25 " INCKEASK. Chest, . 32.9 inches Forearm, I 1.9 •• Chest. . 2.6 inches Weight, I 37 pounds Neck, 15. Height. - " 3 Height, . ; feet 8 inches Hips. . 3 " I " Weight. 1 6 pounds ' aist 27.S Thigh. Calf Height. Weight. Waist. 5 fee 20.25 •• 13.7 •• t io ' _. •■ I 53 pounds 2S.4 inches Waist, 0.6 inches Class of ' 95 CI-AS.- CcH.dKS ( )kl Gold and Hhick C1-A- S M ' .LL Rah! Ho.,! Ri ! Rail! Ho.,! Hi Hoop-la! Hoop-la! Xiiuts--fivc- ! CLASS OI-FICEKS " .M. A. Pktkhson, J NO. D. T vi(,,;s, ASIII.K ' C. I.II.LAUII, Lkk.ii R. (}ioMi.i.iAr, PKIvSIDliNT V ' ick-Pkicsiiient 1 llSToKI ' Ai.i:i icroi iAN Willis Mapper Humi ardncr Hain- TlIIlt Cocke Griffin G. I- ' anntlcroy ' m. Churchman Geiger Leigh R. C.ignilliat lunius C. Gregory Ed. A. 1 [ickniaii Jno. S 1 l(,rnor J as. S. Jones W ' ni. X. Jones Chambliss Keith Cleveland Coxe Lansing; Ashley Cabell Lillard Ino, 11. Magraw Jas. H. McCau Chas. J. Moore Will. . . Peterson Robt. X. Poinde.xter Jos. .A. Roberts,, n Miles C. Selden GoldsboroLigh Serpell A. Brooke Ta lor Tli,,s. Tinslcy ' Jno. 1). Twiggs Allie J. X ' anghaii Richard W, Willis Jno. Sergeant Wi.se 1bi5tor ) of ' 95 TiiK month iif September. 1S91, the cla.ss of ' 95 .spraiii, ' into existence and began its pursuit of knowledge and career of martial gloiy. Gathered from eighteen States of our broad and glorious countr)-, its members ])resunteil as many strange and diversified types of the g-f ais homo as were ever gathered together in a simih " " bntiy. In iiiitiuin we numbered some seventy-eight members, that is there were that number enrolled durin;,; our fourth class ear. Countn-, town, and city were equally represented in this varied collection ; the cit - swell and the rustic youth merged their previous tastes and inclinations into their common greenness in niilitar - matters and icissitudes encountered on their first appearance on the stage of V. M. I. life. The inward fear and trepidation naturally felt as to our reception in this new world for which wc were destined, and ' " mm which dire rumors had reached us of horrible cruelties inflicted upon defenseless " rats " b) ' old cadets, in many cases softened by visions of brass buttons and other glories of the embr)-o soldier, and the imp that many had, that they would some day be " Saviors of their Country. " Respected friends and classmates, is not the memory of the first few months of your cadetship impressed upon _ -our minds for fife? Do you not remember those Sunday afternoon entertainments in the Society Hall ? " es, those were stirring times, in which the " blues " and arious forms of home-sickness were eflectually banished, by the unbounded popularity you then eiijoxcd. It is a known fact that " The Blue R at " and the irrepressible Pugh had more engagements after each meal than the_ - could b_ - an_ - po.ssibility fulfill. The first step at organization of ' 95 was taken in December by the election of Mr Demming, of West Virginia, as president, and Mr. Peterson, of Georgia, as vice-president. In both instances the choice was a wise one and the confidence of the cla.ss was not misplaced, in giving to these gentlemen its highest offices. The placid stream of our uneventful existence. then flowed peacefully on until the 15th of Ma -. The extreme thinness of the white trousers, just donned that morning at S. M. I., .stimulated us to throw off the yoke of the arrogant third class men, and escape from a life of thraldom. Affairs were fast assuming a threatening aspect and a clash was imminent, when the matter was submitted to the arbitration of the first class, and decided satisfactorily to both the third and fourth classes, and our white trousers were saved. When the troubled waters again subsided, our thoughts were now engaged in contemplation of the approaching Fourth, and the return to our ancestral halls. The I- ' iiials ucTL ' upon us at last, |)rutt - and i acioi.is Ljirls flockuil tn I.csiiiL ' ton to unlKcn the closing sccnus with their biiL;htness. and bashful " rats " came out of the holes into which they had uithdraun for the prexious ten months, and joined in the mern- making at night. Then we saiil good-bye, man - nc er to return again. Their career was brief and transient and they fell by the wayside, but we have not forgotten them. The following September when we again gathered together, we learned « ith the deepest sorrow, that death had stolen one of our number. Miles StandLsh Demming, om ' respected and honored president, our genial friend and classmate had jjassed aw,a ' the oreceding August. His lo.ss was keenly felt b - e " en ' man individually and by the class as a whole. Fifty-tliree of our old men retiu ' ned anil with the addition of tweKe lieu men, the total enrollment in the third c1;lss was sixt --fi e. Mr. Peterson had now, b - common consent, a.ssumed the office of president, and b_ - an election in N ' ovember. Mr. Hall of X ' irginia, was elected to the vacant office of vice president. The cla.ss was in a fair w.ay to spentl the Xmas holidays at home that jx-ar, on one of those indefinite furlough.s, but " ( )ld ' 95 " .ii.i, weathered the storm that threatened her, and wiser counsels prevailed in our itssembLages. ' A ' e nou pursued the e en tenor of our way in a tranquil and peaceful manner, until the annual birthday reception given by •■ the Old Horse, " on April 6th. It is needless to sa -, that it wa.s a great success, and well attended. Cards were also out for a similar affair b - our red-headed Lieutenant, but an unfortunate illness caused a postponement. The cla.ss banquet on the I- ' ourth was a splendid success, owing mainly to the endeavors of Serpell, I ' eterson, Twigg.s, Harman, and Ball, who had the affair in hand. We drank each others health in eveiy drink, from Adam ' s ale, to the pure nati e uinc of Old Kentucky, distilled from the juice of the cereal, and for the second time departed to our various homes. On the re-assemblage the following September, many familiar faces were missing and we only numbered thirt)-five. Many of the best men of the class had been lost, and their absence was keenly felt. The election for president and vice-pre.sident of the Final Ball, took place the latter part of September. Mr. Harman was elected president, and Mr. Robertson, vice-president, but both aftenNards resigned and another election ha ' ing been ortlered, Mr. Twiggs and ISIr. Selden were chosen for the two offices respectivelj-. Mr. Twiggs was also elected vice-president of the class, this office being acant from the failure of Mr. Ball to report in September. Mr Gignilliat was at the same time elected Chief Marshall of the Final Ball. The year as a whole was the most uneventful in the record of ' 95. Some minor sensations are however deserving of notice. I may mention the disturbances on Saturday afternoon, caused by our bibulous " Pug Dog, " and his eloquent orations in the Societ)- Hall at night ; the serenade gi en by the class on the parade ground one night in the early spring after tattoo, is also worthy of notice ; and 1 cannot pass without mentioning the escapade of a present second Lieutenant : caught " running the block, " after retreat, was his " talc of woe, " and it is needless to say, that a woman was at the bottom of it all. The Finals that )-ear proved the most enjoyable since ' 95 became a class. Not for years were the " calic " present in such large numbers, and ' 95 was naturally elated at the success of its Final Ball. In our graduating year we only numbered twent --seven ; some of our most popular men failed to answer the roll-call, on our a.ssemblage fir tlie l.i t time. Death had again stolen one of our number. Shortl - after our return in September, we were informed by telegram that Stith l- ' urrest Boiling was no more. The soin.w of the cla.ss was sincere, for ' 95 did not contain a more upright and conscientious niembei-. Of the ninet)- men enrolled in both the third and fourtli cl.rsses. only tuent ' -se ' en had reached the last round in the ladder of a career at the ' . M. 1. Now enjoying the realization of the highest ambitions of a cadet, the pri ' ilege or wearing the " blues, " Saturda}- and Sunday night permits approved, and the golden prize of a diploma eomparatixely in eas - reach, nothing was wanting to complete the dignity and importance of the class of ' 95. A four years sojourn at the V. M. I. de ' elops particular traits of character in all classes, incident to the customs of a large militar - school. To eveiy ex-cadet the ])hrase " riding the Gini " is at once familiar, however obscure it may be to others. The ■■ Gim riders " of ' 95 have uniformily upheld the standard of other classe.s. The prize for the most successful achievements in this department of our curriculum, will be awarded, without a dissenting voice, to our classmate from Southern Georgia. Not e ' en the marvelous exploit of the " Muffle-jaw Rat, " of staying in the hospital for three days, on the plea, that he had the mumps, when in fact his jaws were permanently afflicted, equals his success in " dim riding. " Ma.shers hav e also been developed in ' 95 in large numbers. An " After Taps " courting expedition (while the subs were fast asleep) (if our Adjutant and a certain Lieutenant in B company, is on record, but there are no authenticated details, and the facts are withheld. The night before New Year was the scene of a wild frolic in which nearly the whole cla.ss was engaged. The consequences of this little amusement were nearly fatal to ' 95 ; we were foolhardy, but at the time, kw thought what the result would be. It is the hope of the writer that the classes succeeding us will suppress such an affair , friendly word of ad ice in time may save )Our " dip.s. " Do not butt your head against a stone wall by defying the Faculty. Customs and habits have been handed down, from cla.ss to class since the foundation of the Institute. At times these have been crushed by decisi ve action of the Facult)-. but are again resurrected years afterwards. Tradition has it, that in the days of old the first cla.ss was wont to usher in its graduating year with some wild frolic. Such is the tradition, whether true or not, and ' 95 determined to perpetuate the bold spirit of those classes of the good old da)-s, and one of the most daring plots on record at the Institute was dc isud and succc.vifull - carried cml. These were " ur slroMLjest arLjunienl:; " were we Imt liniise lliiwers tlial could not withstand the icy blast of the I- ' acult)-s displeasmx-? " Were we babies who were afraid to call our life our own? " . ' ( ' . the blood in our veins did not flow like water, ct ue did not undertake this tiarint; " scheme as a direct defiance to the Facull) ' , or to prejudice militaiy discipline : an outbreak of Ioul; suppressed ilalily, and a desire to hand down to tradition the name of ' y;. were the leadini causes, In more sober moments we know we were wnm , but at the time we did not think so. On the nis; " ht before Xew ' ear ' s, our plans were dr.iwn, in a certain mom on the first stoop, and after Tattoo ever) ' ni;in knew what he w,is to tlo. There was no sleepiiiLj in first-cl.assmen ' s rooms that ni;,;ht. White masked faces, waited and watched for the signal. Between the hours of one .uul tui , an unearthly Nxll was heard in the court)-ard, ipiickly followed by a dull thud. The sentinel had been attacked and rendered helpless, and the si;4nal was L;i en. Almost simultaneou.sly the Corporal of the Ini.ard was tied and gagyjed, the Officer of the Day was boimd in his bed and the Subs ' doors securely fiLstencd from without by details arranged beforehand. The scene that ensued was not unlike one from Dante ' s Inferno ; the courtyard .seemed infested with demon.s, and pandemonium reigne d supreme. The consequences of our frolic were more serious, than an_ ' could have thought beforehand — but it is lime to desist from further particulars of this affair, the nienior - of which is painful to some. The representation of the lwenty-sc en members of ' 95, w ' .io w ill graduate, embnices ten States, tlistributed ;ls follows : X ' irgini.i fourteen, Georgia three, Te.xas two, Xew York two, and Kentucky, Alabama, West Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and Man-land one each. In ever_ - department of college life we h,i e been found. Athletics in its various branches, the Glee Club, and Orators of the Society Malls, ha e dnuMi first class material from ' 95. In . thletics es])eci,ill)-, have we e. celletl : without boasting, it ma_ - be truthfull}- said that our men on the foot ball and the base ball teams ha e been foremost. .Xthletics under the charge of Mr. J. S. Jones has experienced a healthy growth this season. Classmates and friends, our course is ne,u ' l_ - run, and ' 95 will soon pa.ss away; where we will drift, of course no one can say, and m - task is a retrospect and not a prophes)- : m_ ' " Looking Backward " has been btit brief and onl - the general outlines of our history has been presented, but in after ears if you should chance to glance over these pages, you must pause and read between the lines, and in pleasant memories supply the deficiencies of the writer. During the foin- _ -ears we liati been together, many things have endeared us one to another and wcldetl the ties of friendship. We will only hear ■■ AukI Lang .Syne " once more. bo -s, and then the dissolution is inevitable and ' 95 ceases to be a cla.ss at the " . M. I. Tin: Hi.sTom.vN. " 5ol a 36lach " In the Spring of youth ami nianhi)cid. Came some eiglitj- men or more, To the school of " Stonewall " Jackson, In the Lower Shenandoah ; Then the eight}- with the purpose, That their class slioukl nothing lack For their banner and then ' emblem. Chose the colors : " Ciold and Black. " Xinet -h e all honor to you, Ma " ' iiu ne " er loose the fame That for four long -ears of hardship, ou have worked so hard to gain ; In tlie classroom, in the ballroom, On the broad athletic track ; K en ' man that won the honcns. Wore the gleaming: " Gokl and Hl.ick, Four long years we ' e worked beneath them. With our purpose still the same : Ever_ uhere ue go, those colors To the world our name proclaim ;. Honor calls unto the mountains : .1 (7 are neetled ! answer back ■• ' Neath what colors shall I find them ? " Comes the echo : " Gold anil Black. " When the da s of school are ended, . nd life ' s rock} ' path we tread : hen oiu ' hearts are bowed with sorrow, Sihered hairs upon our head ; May our fancies, lo ' e-begotten. Lead I ' ur vandering memories back To those happ ' thus together When we wore the ; " Gold and Black. " H. M,igyni, ' 95, Hie scripsi . 1bistor of ' 96 The stroller on the pnrnde ground on an evenin; r late in August. A. D. 1S92, might liavc seen a lone youth sitting in one of the west windows of barracks, looking down from the elevaticjn of the fourth stoop upon the green parade ground. Old John when asked who he was would have stopped scattering cinders and replied : " Lord, Cap ' n that there gent ' man is one of General Shipp ' s " rats " as got hyar last night He ' s the onliest one what ' s hyar now, but more ' s a-comin. " Old John was right The youth aforesaid who was gazing so unconcernedl - upon the parade ground, little dreaming of the closer acquaintance he was soon tn make with it. was no other than our illustrious Ikey Holt, the first of the grand old class of ' 96. But Ikey was not long to remain thus alone, for already he sees half a dozen unfortunates coming through limit gate under the watchful eyes of a pair of third-classmen, and each train brings in rodents by two ' s and three ' s, until a week later there are eighty-seven formed along the walk in the courtj ' ard to answer " here " at tattoo. The next two weeks were spent on the parade ground in all the agonies of " rat " drill. Here we soon gained the reputation of being the best set of " rats " that had been at the Institute for years. When classes commenced we won fresh laurels.and our record in the section-room from that time until the present proves that we have always been an exceptionally brilliant class. Our early days were filled with stirring adventures for each of us, for " bucking " was then in full sway, and under the old order of things our path was not all rose-strewn. The old cadets took great interest in our education and the better to promote their charitable purposes they had meetings on Sunday afternoons in the societj ' halls at which we were strongly urged to be present and where we were instructed in novel modes of whistling, in singing and in other military accomplish- ments and abo e all they taught us, with many striking illustrations, the use of the bayonet scabbard, explaining that for some reason the correct treatise on this subject had been omitted in the drill regulations, and that they therefore felt it their duty to enlighten us. But we must pass hurriedly over the era of " rat inspections " and other similar pleasures to graver events in our history. None of us can forget the cold of this first winter when the musician ' s horns would freeze up at guard mounting or the opposite extremes in Camp IMcKinney in the following June. And yet we look back to the days of our " rathood " as among our -HtB. happiest here. The effect of these mutual hardships was to bind us together and to make us appreciate the true worth of our fellow classmen, e en at this early stage the tendency to stick together, since so characteristic of the class began to be shown. Kach evening after supper old ' 91 would be filled with young Napoleons discussing such momentous questions as the best manner of getting past the third stoop and here we poured our troubles into sympathetic ears. The year passed quickly and smoothly with but few losses and when June came there were sixty-eight of us to hear " Auld Lang Syne, " drop our tails, and go home on our first furlough " rats " no longer, each thanking his lucky star that he belonged to ' 96. Sex ' eral familiar faces were missing when we met again the following September, making the first of the inevitable series of breeches which befalls eveiy class. Here we were joined by eighteen third class " rats " who ha -e gained honor for the class in c ery department of college life and proved themselves full worthy of the old gold and maroon. Our losses during this year ' ere heav ' , including some of our best, among them, our president. After ten months spent in pursuit of learning, and of " rats, " the third class year is finished and for the second time we pitch camp and get a vivid foretaste of the hereafter in " Camp ' Stonewall ' Jackson. " With ranks sadly thinned, but spirit st ill intact, we met at Mumble ' s on June jSth for a farewell banquet, and after twelve hours of the mazes of the dance the strains of " Home, Sweet Home " called us from the buntings of old mess hall to our distant abodes. September ' 94 found us established on the second stoop as dignified second cla.ssmcn, welcoming in each fresh arrival in true ' 96 stj ' le. Nearly a half are absent from the roll call of the previous year, our total at this stage, including oiir second class " rat " being thirt) ' -four. This brings us to the present time and from our quarters on the second stoop we must say adieu. Before closing let us glance briefly at the part this class has played in the histoiy of the V. M. I. during the past two years. To the Institute Eleven she has furnished seven as plucky fellows as ever wore the can ' ass jacket and to these is largel)- due tlie prestige the school has won in this great game. Any one who was so fortunate as to witness the great class contest, -iz : Ozone ' S. Baiyta water can bear witness that her abilitj ' in this line is unsurpassed. ' 96 has gi -en to the Baseball team twelve men ho have filled the most im]5ortant positions on the team alwa -s acceptably. Four of the eight picked athletes chosen to represent the Gymnasium team in their final exhibition were of ' 96. In the Literary- Societies, Glee, German and Dramatic Clubs, in short, wherever brawn or brain, pluck or polish have been required, she has ever been well represented. If anj- one would inquire concerning the dead games, we refer him to 1- " . Wharton as an authorit ' on all sporting subjects. Of the one hundred and eight men who have been members of this class there arc left but thirty-three to gather in " as of yore to hear Prune ' s latest joke, and perhaps to divide his raiment into souvenir.s. We are now nearing the end of the second class year and if signs fail not, despite Subs and Organic, despite even Old Nick himself tliirt --thrce of the old cla.ss will in a few weeks be as many first classmen and as fine a set of fellows as ever donned the blue. CLASS OF 97. 69 Class of ' 97 CLASS VELL Hullabaloo ! Ku nee ! Kii nee ! Hullabaloo ! Ku nee ! Razzle Dazzle ! Hobble Gobble ! Sis ! Boom ! Bi ! Ninety Seven, Xinetv Se cn. V. M. I. E. L. McGiLL, G. P. Marrow, President Vice-President Baird, J. M. Ballard, W. W Blackford, C. M. Bours, R. W. Brown, J. T. Bruce, H. Cobb, J. C. Dobie, R. L. Kendall, T. M. Fleming, C. S. Foster, S. Freeman, A. C. Hamilton, A. U. Harrington, F ' . T. Harrison, C. I- ' . Hurt, S. J. Hustead, A. M. Inglesby. T. S. James, J. V. Lawson, R. B. Lee, G. D. F. Lincoln, A. T. Lively, L. M. Marrow, G. P. McGill, K. L. : Iiller, H. B. iNIills, i I. M. Milton, T. Moore, S. T. Morton, J. T. Murdaugh, VV. C. Nelly, C. M. Parks, J. N, Phinizy, F. Roper, L. R. Ryland, A. T. Shipp, A. M. Smith, R. Smith, M. B. Stephens, T. S. Stockdell, H. Twiggs, W. J. Wilhoite, C. N. Ibistorv ' of ' 97 In tlic year 1S93 there entered the V. M. I. sixty-three youni; men fnini all parts of the Union whose names were to pass into liistor)- as members of the Class of ' 97. It is our first dut) ' to extend our thanks to the Class of ' 96 for the kindl)- interest which they took in us on our arrival and for the love and affection which they have always shown in lielpinL; us o er tlie ron;j;h r " ( places. We will always look with pleasure upon our first year at the Institute, and will e er think of it ■ ' f- r ' ' " " " ' " ' ' ' ' happiest of our life. " W ' e came to the V. M. I. resolvint; to study hard and to abide by all of the rules and reL;ulations. The first, I am sorr - to sa)-. most of us have failed to do, but we ha e at least attended church every Sunday since we ha ' e been here. W ' e have not distiiiLjuished ourseKes in tlie section room and some of our instructors ha -e e en hinted that ' 97 was not doing as well as some of the other classes, but we can onK- extend to them our pit_ - with the liope that tlie) ' will understand us better in the future. We do not aspire to shine as intellectual wonders, but we do claim to be. an ea.sy going, joll) ' set of fellows who get more real pleasure out of our college life than any cla.ss that has ever been here and we def - any class to learn more by absorption than ' 97. We are great society men, we always have a large representation at the .Superintendent ' s weekly receptions, and we daily pa - our respects to the Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. We are well represented on the foot ball team, the longest run and touch down of this year was made b}- a member of our class. ( )n the base ball team the men of ' 97 ha e a record that any class might justly be proud of In the tennis tournament the skill which we displayed was the wonder and admiration of all and the second class, and even the lordly first cla.ss men went down before us in one humiliated ma.ss. In the Cadet and Dialectic Societies our voices have often been heard, and although we have captured none of the prizes we ha e the satisfaction of knowing that we did the best we could. We are also represented in the Glee Club, and ' 97 has some of the leading parts in the minstrels. Oil tlie G -miiasium team we have done our part to help along athletics and if we ha e not as many representatives as some of the other classes we make up for it b) ' having some of the best men on the team. We have lost twent - men from our class and- although we have gained several new members this year ; we will never be able to fill the places of the men who started out with us, with such high hopes and bright prospects, but who were unable to return to college this 3-ear. We do not look upon the wine when it is red, for we are temperate in all things and ha e pledged oursehes to abstain from all intoxicating liquors for this academic year. By .some we ma - be deemed unluck -, for when we returned to duts- this }-ear we found that we would not be allowed to tender to the newly arrived " rats " the warm reception that had been accorded us the previous year. We were met by a pledge, that must be signed before we could enter barracks, a pledge that meant that we would never wield the ba_ onet scabbard that ' 96 had taught us to use so well, that the disapproval of our Faculty had abolished another time honored custom and that " bucking " like the " Mollies " was a thing of the pa.sL Perhaps upon reading this histoiy it will bring to mind that quotation from Burns : " O wad some power the gifte gie us To see ourselves as ithers see us. " I?ut if we ha e the same success in after life that we have had as a class our highest hopes will be realized. C. S. F. CLASS IJF ' 9 Class of ' 08 Addisox, J no. H. Atkinson, H. Atkinson, J. N. avereit, e. Bacon, H. D. . Barreit, G. H., Jk. Bauman, B. p. Brinklev, H. a. Bryant, A. H. . BuRRUss, A. K. . Cabaniss, J. W. . Carter, J no. T. (Pres. Coleman, M. W. Crump, A. C. Davis, Chas. Dickinson, J. O. DoNN, H. McE. Ellett, H. G. Fenner, Guv Gasser, Chas., Jr. Gle.aves, S. R. . _ Goddin, AvLE ' rr ' Xl ' . Goodman, N. C. GooLsiiY, R. G. . Gooi.rick, C. O. Gordon, H. C. . Hardeman, W. D. Harding, P. C. . Hawes, G. p. Henderson, W. V. Hemingkav, R. . Virginia Tenne-ssee MlSSI. ' SIFPI Virginia Caiji-ornia VlKGIM. Virginia ' IKI . I N I A Virginia ' lR(iINIA Georgia . Te.xas TH Carolina Virginia Te.xas Tennessee Maryland V ' lK(iINIA I,OlISI. V ' V ' iRGI .ia ' ikginia ' lK(iINlA Te. as Virginia Virginia i- sT Virginia Tennessee Missouri Virginia Kentucky Indiana .M em bers Hereford, F. S. (Vice-Pr Hereford, H. A Hooker, T. B, Hudson, P. C. Hutchinson. V. B. iNGLRsm. 1 ' . J Jenkins, J, Jones, H. W. JONE.S, N. R., KlRKMAN, C. Leftwich, S. Lewis, W. B. Lewls, H. L. D. LiNTIIICUM, D. A. Marshall, R. C. Marsteller, E. H. Marx, K. O. Mason, George McCall, F. C. . McMullen. a. B. Mizell, J. Jr. . Montgomery, P. H. Moore, A. V. . Nelly, H. M. . Nelson, Paul NUNNALLY, F. M. Patterson, W. H. Pegram, H. C. . Penn, J. G., Jr. . Penn, J. R es.) Texas West Virginia Mississippi Kentucky Massachusetts South Carolina Maryland Georgia New York Tennessee South Carolina Virginia Virginia Arkansas Virginia Virginia Louisiana Virginia Tex.« Pennsylvania I ' l.oKinA Virginia South Coroi.ina West Viri inia ViKcaxiA V ' iRlHNIA Virginia Mlssouri Virginia Virginia Percivall, H. L. Poitevent, G. . Poitevent, ¥.. . Powers, T. H. . Raleigh, A. C. Richards, ¥. I). Richardson, J. R. Rogers, Bvrd . ROUTH, F. H. . Sayers, W. B. . Schoen, C. C. . Schwarz, H. Smith, H. Sneed, J, S. Spilman, J. A. . Stevens, A. H. 1 Stratton, C. S. Str.atton, H. . Str.atton, S. T. Stubbs, J. B. Taylor, J. D. . Vories, a. H. . Warren, W, C, W.VrTERSON, H. White, W. C. . White, S. W. . Williams, C. F. Williams, C. S. Williams, L. M. Wooters, J. D. Worthington, L. J Virginia Mississippi Mississippi Virginia Montana Virginia Wf,st Virginia Virginia Virginia Texas Virginia Maryland Virginia Virginia Virginia T OF Columbia Ohio Tex.as Tex.as Texas Florida Illinois Virginia Kentucky Kentucky Missouri New York Louisiana Louisiana Maryland Mississippi 1bi5tor ) of ' 08 III ScptL-mbcr last, not quite a year ago, did tlie Class of ' 98 cross tlie line of anticipation and enter into the realit)- of life at the Virginia Militar) ' Institute. From North, South, East and West we came, eager and anxious to reach that place of which we had heard so much. Our number was increased day bj- day until it reached the grand total of ninet_ --two green (alas .so green) and more or less " cheeky rats. " At first the drills seemed rather hard but gradual!)- we became accustomed to it, and eventuall)- even learned to " mark time on the pivot " though I do believe the command had to be repeated ;is high ;ls " six successive times " for G ' s benefit. l en tliough we are, as yet, comparativel)- speaking, so young and inexperienced, ' 98 can boast of her share of honors, both litcraiy and athletic. I might also add that a, b - no means meagre constituent of " Gim-fakirs " is to be found in our ranks, whose deeds and accomplishments in that direction will no doubt achieve for us fame immemorial. Swiftl - the days roll onward, we are hustled out of winter quarters and begin .spring drills in earnest. Then do our thoughts turn homeward, to the pleasures that there await u.s. ' a - up on the f. irth stoop, curled up in our beds, sweet visions of home flit before us. How smoothly ever)-thing goes on, our health and physical de elopment is so promoted by the regularity in ever_ thing that we grow to like, better and better, the routine of life at the Institute. We are by this time thoroughly acquainted with our cla.ssmates and above all things, enjoy to talk of the delightful prospect holiday ' s hold forth. A great number of our class are regular attendants at the meetings of the Y. .M. C. . . but a greater number, we reoret to sa -, are still awaiting their next opportunity. Our young class has begun its career under the most auspicious circumstances. .May its future be as brilliant as we anticipate, and may we in after j-ears look back with pleasure upon those happ)- da s of dear old ' 98. G. H. B.VRRETr, Historian, IRccapitulation b States Virginia, . . . . . . . 104 Texas . . . . . . . .-.12 Georgia, ........ 1 1 West Virginia, ........ 9 Mississippi, ....... 7 Kentucky, ........ 7 South Carolina. ....... 7 Maryland, . . . . . . . . 6 Florida, ........ 5 j Ii.ssouri, ........ 5 Tennessee, ........ 5 New York, . . . . . . . . 4 Louisiana, ........ 4 Illinois. ......... 3 District of Columbia, . . ' . . . . 3 Arkansas, ........ 2 Ohio 2 Penn.s -lvania, ........ 2 Indiana, ........ i Alabama, ........ i North Carolina, ....... 1 California, ........ Montana, ........ i Massachusetts, ....... i TuT.vL, . 204 ' W LIGHT E n Y-: iv - - ( »» ■ The Barracks smile Upon the Nile, All nature seems t(i shrill- Then for US to smile, Once (or twice) in a while. Cannot be a sin. IRcvcillc ' Tis the hour of peaceful slumber. Kre the morning sunlight gleams, Kyes of brightness, form of bcaut -. Are floating through the sleeper ' s dreams. ' Tis the hour when happ)- visions Bring the daj ' s of furlough near. Voices of dear friends are calling. In melodious tones so clear. iJon ' tN ' ou stop to dream of furlough. Tumble out on hand and knee. Kick our bedding, siezc your clothing. Rise, and come to re eille. Don ' t stcij) to wash, don ' t stop to button, Do not swear or curse your fate ; Foot it ! Leg it ! Dust it ! Shake it ! Drop your shirt or " run a late. " Hark, the morning lark is trilling k ' aintK- on the dreamer ' s ear. O ' er the plains the song is thrilling Reveille is drawing near. Drum and fife awake the echoes. Sounding far o ' er hill and lea. Nearer yet and louder growing. Awake ! arise ! The reveille ! lumping, rushing for the stairway; Tumbling headlong down you go l apidl - the ranks are forming In front of barracks down below. See our comrades far before you. The last one through the archway go Heaven and earth ! The drum is stopping Now the dying echoes close. (Ibc ®l? 6m (loat I lovL- it — I ln c it — that old gnu " coat I ' ve woni it so often, it ' s quite wmn out; It ' s been darned and been patched with black, white and gray But alas ! it has left nie, and gone to deca -. It is bound by a thousand ' • rcpor s " to my heart. When r e written " cxckscs " till tears would start; And the ' • Iintitiitc records " will never forget When it was m - coat, and I a cadet. That old gray co.it — ah! strong were the charms Which " chevrons " imparted to those old arms; But honors ha e come, and alas I they have flown, Since needles and thread first made thee my own. But the dearest of friends Time ' s destined to sever, And stitches, though strong, will not last forever: Yet as long as life lasts, and love ' s worth a groat, I ' ll love it — I ' ll love it — that old gray coat. I love it — 1 love it — ah! who can doubt. Or chide me for loving that old gray co.it? I ' ve loved and I ' ve wooed in it, and who can tell How many a heart has been bound by its spell? It has heard the " hug roll " ere the last weird w.is spoken. And rushed to the " ranks " which alas! had been broken. Though " Spex " should be angiy, and " leave " term be ou Like a friend it stuck by mc — that old gra - coat. Shoulder to shoulder, cm parade and on drill, The cadets the ' . M. 1. wear the ■•,!, ' - v?r " still; Shoulder to shoulder, in battles loud shout. Has icti)ry triumi)hed in that nld gray coat. -ho — who would n .t l.ne it — the old gray coat? It ' s crimsoned with heart ' s blood — ah! not for naught! That old gra)- coat? " the seal it has set, I ' ll never — no ne er — no ne er forget. H Jfowl 111 cent Alone, I walked past luimbcr one, I liclcl altift my bLirnisliei.1 gun, And as it _L;listeneil in tlic sun, 1 felt a soldier true. The de il then temptation sent, I spied a ehicken in a tent, I dropped m - ;j;un and in 1 went. And took a bite or two. As onward from the spot I pa.ssed, One lingering look behind I cast, A sub came walking sly and fast ; Uh 1 dem such luck, I s v. I dodged him iis 1 would a ghost, 1 don ' t know which I feared the must Alas ! he caught me off ni_ - post. And there was blank to pay. Xo future luck can turn the storm, Xo chevrons ere will grace m ' arm, Xo star in catalogue will charm. Or spread my _ -iiuthful f.une. Xo act can now m_ - doum ])re ent. For ni)- report to .Spex w;ls sent. And for a single w A v . Inscribed against m - name. i A. i u.,hs. Jidy. iS6o. l c itatio C ' on i5unrC) corporal of llie guard euters the room of the victim and rudely " All ! thiiiideration take it all ! Look here, dog-gone your blasted gall. What ' s up? Oil guard . ' — that ' s so ! all i Rut I ' d forgot it dead, to-night ! " Sa -, hold on ! is it cold outside ? ' I believe I ' ll throw on ' supe ' and ' ride The ' gim ' to-morrow on ni)- cough — No, too much risk : I ' ll come right off! ' ini immediately dozes oB agai ' Well? — ail right, I ' m awak ' e ! — oh, rats ! 7(7 iniiiutci siiiii you ca hd inc . ' That ' s Too thin ! Say, is that straight ? Ry gum In just a minute more I ' ll come ! " ' Ugh! but it ' s cold to-night, though! I ' m Half froze; — I ' ll tn- some double time. I think I ' ll risk leaning this gun Ag.tinst a tree — it weighs a ton ! •■ Whew I thi)ik I ' ll stop antl catch m_ - breath! I ' d ha e to rest if it meant death To be caught napping ! ' VVonder how It feels down in the guard-house now. " to tile guard-ho es off ill frout of the after sliogiugh riiito his clothes auc tinel who has heen Being left to the awful solitude of li atching up his musket. ■ him piteou.sly for beat, he meditates " So now I ' ve run another late ! That fool will ' sock ' me sure as fate ! It ' s ju.st my blamed luck that a ' white ' Corp. wasn ' t on with me to-night ! ■ ' If I ' m not ' socked ' a good deal less Next month than this, I ' ll have exxess It ' s all my cursed, rotten luck — Others escape : I ' m aluays -stuck ' ! " Ry George ! that Corp. is calling ! — now I ' m gone up sure I — good land, I vow It ' s raining ! Fooled I the wily fox, He thinks I ' m in the sentiy box I " [And he slides cautiously out and makes his way to the arch in corporal with only a vague suspicion that he may have been do post in the sentry-bo-x. And being relieved, he returns to his r thoughts before he drops to sleep are these.] ' Well, r -e contrived for once to save M)-self though ' t was a narrow sha e Rut then, I ' m certain I got stuck For running late, dog-gone m ' luck. A. F. V. B. IDc dontrast I long to be a " cit " again And with the citizen stand o pins stuck in ni_ - cnlhir, Ijut A cane « itliin nn ' liand. And though wc seem contente d. We sigh once more for home We ha e no time for leisure — Xii time in which to ■• Ijum. " Then up before tlie douglit) ' " Spex ' Right proudly I w.iuld go ; I would not then salute him. no. I ' d tell him ■ ' Not for Joe. " Almost our i;inl_ - holidays Are when fir home we start : And an_ ' a_ ' we can we lea e. In boat, or car, or cart. I long ha e been a poor cadet, And now I would be free ; To ) ' ou perhaps this life seems fine- It h.is no charms for me. From carl - morn till dewy eve We ' ve drill, " D. P., " parade; O, yes. it ' s veiy prett} " , but I ' air glor ' e ' en will fade. I ' m tired of being a cadet, This life is not for me : I ' d rather be a " cit " once more. So happ) ' and so free. Than drill upon the campus. Engaged in war and strife : I ' d rather be a citizen. And have a darling little wife. a Scene on tbe pal•a e 5rou lAbout 4.30 p. M, of a hot day early iu September, a squad of iimisiiaHy green and awb tremendously dignified corporal, who. of t Attention, squad ! — first exercise I (The first man I see turn his eyes Again in ranks, won ' t see much fun In the report he ' ll get !) — now, oi i ' . ' Don ' t hang those paws down ! liold ' em up ! You swing ' em Hke a begging pup I (Stop gigghng, Jones ! I ' ve stood fi(.)m _ ' ou ' Bout all that I expect to) — a ' o . ' Smith, do -ou think you ' ll learn to liold Those hands befiare you are as old — ' ou ' rc as g}rci! now ! — as the gaurd-tree ? (Vou needn ' t look to see it) — t iri - . ' Xow oo c at that ! great guns alive ! If e er there existed five As lo ely men as j-ou — Oh thunder ! just go back to tz ' o . ' Jones, you ' re reported, sir, for gross Repeated laughing. It ' s a dose You ' ve wanted for some time. Xow see If -ou cdii get this right once ; — tlircc . ' Well, that is better, I declare ! Just keep on tiying, you ' ll get there I The way you did that would surprise ( )ld Bilh-. — Second c.xcirisc ! (Now, all together!) — one ! well Grimes, I ' ve shown you that n thousand times, .And now yiiu dnn ' t know what to do! ' ou ' re raninicd fur iiKittention, — tioo ! Please tr - to keep those knees straight. Brown ! , re _ iiu ditcnnincd to kneel down ? You ' re most too pious, seems to me ! Xow )ou men stop that laughing! — three! You ' re most too full of fun to-da}- To drill well, but there ' s a way To cure tliol ere -ou pass the arch This e eiiiiig ! I- ' orward, double-time — Marcli ! —A. F. V. B. ilo tbc " 5im " Thou rulcst with a .so urciL;n power. And feclest not afraid To gi c us powders made of flour. And pills composed of bread. Vou dose us uith our compound pilLs ] ' ' or headaches, bruises, sprains ; Vou pour them down for all our ills — for measles or chilblains. You " fuse out " when x e ' re nearK ' dead. And ride us when we ' re shammini; : What wonder _ -our dexoted head Receives a lot of damning. We go to you with chills and fever, Vou most deceptive cuya. Vou act the part of base deceixer And give us aqua p iira. 1l tcrruptc Streams All quiet and silent in barracks to-niL;ht. Nl sourtfl ' sa e the night wind ' s soft sitjhintj. The tramp of the sentinel walking his post, Or some one to his challenge replying ; The moonbeams are falling on tower and wall. And falling in sihery glory. They light up the old barracks as wontlrously bright As the castles enchanted in stor -. lie tlreams of the homestead, the sweet ine-clad door, hnitingly tempting to enter ; ( )f the old fireside in the snug cozy room Rtiund which many memories center ; He dreams of his father, his sister ami brother, And a smile inexpressively tender Plays over his face as he murmurs the name Of his mother, may heaven defend her. A ' ay up on the fourth stoop, curled snug in his bed A golden-haired youngster is sleeping. Where through latticed window on white penciled w. ' i The moonbeams so slyly are peeping ; The - fall on the floor with a soft mellow light, .And o ' er that slight form faintly gleaming. Show the bright happy smile playing over his face. For golden home ' isions he ' s dreaming. He dreams of another — his own little girl. With hair of such bright golden hue. Who lolil him when last she bade him good-bye. That she would forever be true ; He sees her sweet face in his vision so fair. He hears her sweet voice in his ear ; He presses her hand to his lips as he sleeps, Though far away, still she seems near. Ves, he dreams of his home in the far Sunn - South, Where the orange trees ever are blooming ; Where the laurel and myrtle, so fragrantly sweet. The soft sunny air are perfuming ; He dreams of the time, now forever gone b)-. In the halc_ -on days of his childhood. When he gathered with pleasure a child onl - knows The beautiful flowers of the w ild wood. He forgets about French, and Latin and " Math. " Guard dutj ' , inspections and drilling. They ' ve all pa.ssed away like the misf of the morn. And (), he ' s onl - too willing ; Hut ah, for the dreams, the moonbeams and all, Alas, the - are only too fleeting ; He wakes with a start, his pleasures have fled, Down below the dread " rev " drum is beating. (Ia ct Sun a When the last faint light of the sun sinks dou And the outer world at the thought of rest Feels a measureless, calm delight, The weary cadet with a burdened heart Falls asleep oppressed with horror. To think of the manifold cares that await The tap of the drum on the morrow. Fo r to him it brings a greater train ( )f e ils than all the week. And he sighs to think how oft in ain. With a reckless waste of cheek He has sued the " (lini ' s " relentless heart. With an air of profound dejection. But has never succeeded, by craft or art. In riding the " Gim " on Inspection. He thinks of his gun with its dusty breech. Of his bayonet spotted with rust: His breastplate ' s dark and murky phiz, . nd his cartridge box covered with dust Of his hat plate hist — of his pompon blnwn; Of the beard on which he doted, .And he mutters aloud in a sorrowful tone: To-morrow I ' ll sure be reported. He gazes around at the cob-webbed walls. .- t the floor all covered witli grca.sc ; It was done one night last week after taps. When he had with some comrades a feast. He longs for the day when a gay graduate, His charming young sweetheart he ' ll wed. With neither a musket nor room to keep clean. Nor the form of Olil Hilly to dread. But these are all trille.s, the hea iest blows The depths of his miseiy reach ; •The worst of all is that long ordeal. Those endless two hours in church ; When his .soul like a criminal sits in the stocks, .And suffers a long parboiling. And he lists to the organ ' s sleepy tone, .And the minister ' s endless drawling. A corporal sits at the end of his seat. With hisVvatchful piying e -e.s. Wild like a hyena does hungr ' gaze . t his certain, trembling prize : Through the long, long prayers he wearies his head ( ) ' er a prayer book seeming to pore. While he onU ' seeks to " ram " the man Who m.akes the first sign of a snore. The tjray-coated victims are yawning, sa e one Willi, seeming to be a good man, K ti- iiig til hide a " Police Gazette " By a prayer book held in his hand ; Whih- the musical fellows up in the choir All smile at the fruitless labor Of a ■■ rat " below, who is tr ing to wake With a pin, his drowsy neiglibor. The spruce young officer with his " duck, " The older one, too, with his wife ; Tlie dignified " sub, " the quiet old maid. All are nodding as if for dear life ; But «e must sit still and be patient throughout. With our coats buttoned up to our chin : Our eyes to the front must not roam about, (As if all these things were a sin). Six da s shalt thou labor and do all thy work, And I think that old Moses did best When he added below, by way of respite, But from work on the se enth day rest. But the high [iriest of old would open his eyes. And consider it veiy poor resting If he could be present and see us enjoy The military iiininiir of resting. Xow our chaplain say.s, and I ' m not making fun. Be sure that I mean not to scoff That in heaven they follow the golden sun From the rise to the setting thereof ' ith nothing but serxice and church e ' en " day — If it ' s true, with a thousand regrets In sorro«fiil truth I must candidly say, That hea en ' s no place for cadets. —Cadet C. D. Walker. Xa ) of J c Xa?t flDollv ' In tla)-s of old, When subs were bold. And Mollies held tlieir s v;i - ; A Molly bold, So I am told. Sang merrily this lay : The niijht w.is dark, the wind was cold, The Arsenal was frail and old : Across the Nile, on errand ile. The Mollies pass in single file. Brave Russell leads the valiant band — So true in heart, so firni in hantl — And close behind, though sorel) ' puffin ' . Comes lion-hearted Charlie Ruffin. And now they reach the railroad track — No stopping now, nor turning back ; Before — the Arsenal grim and mute. Behind — the frowning Institute. ' And now for engeance ! " Russell said, ' Is old McGuire ' s spirit dead? Are we but whining whelps and cubs. That we should fear the sneaking subs ? ' SuiftK- but silentl}- the ' creep Up the nick)- hillside steep ; Till in the mist} ' ilimness seen, Stood the old powder magazine. Then loosening the leathern sack From off his sturdy, ample back, Russell carefull) ' untied it — Creeping far awa) ' to hide it. Burglars ' tool.s, from saw to screw, Meet the Mollies ' eager view ; Soon will now the sought-for prize, ( pen lie before their c)cs. They now attack the _ ' ielding wall : Bricks and mortar around them fall Fast the - ply the glittering .steel, While on mo.s.sv .sod thev kneel. Now from the hole the brick is cast, Until the outer wall is passed; ] Xo power can now that pile defend,] This is the beginning of the end. The inner wall before them rises. Hut they expect all such surprises ; Practice makes perfect, so I ' ve heard. And practice here doth pro ' e the woid. The Mollies creep in slow but sure. Till the} ' ha ' e passed the aperture ; The die is cast, the deed is done, Virginia ' s Arsenal is Avon. (irini Russell ' s blood boils as with fever, Hut his firm hand still plies the le er ; lie works and toils with all the rest. Till open flies the powder chest. With iron hand he grabs a keg, ■And from the bung-hole draws the peg ; ( lut lliiw the glistening sable grain.s, While ji) - among the Mollies reigns. (Jnc moment Russell round him iews, Then satisfi«d, inserts the fuse ; The pot of fate begins to boil. And seething, seems to ble.ss their toil. The chieftain thus addressed his men : ■ Wc ' e braved the lion in his den ; e ' e stooped to thieving, arsn-all. To level Spex ' s arsenal wall. ■ Xow nexcr let your arilor tire Till ' . M. 1. is wreathed in fire " The seaper, speaking, heaved a sigh. Then intei ' viewed his Rock and Rye. hen all was right he seized a match. And lit it with a grating scratch ; With trembling hand he lit the fuse. And then proceeded to vamoose. The speed of the renuwned Alaud S., The B. O. fast mail express, Nor Sheridan ' s free omnibus Excelled the pace of flying Russ. Nor was the leader quite alone ; They all did 11)-, though somewhat blown, The - slackened not their lightning speed. Hut f( .Unwed close on Russell ' s lead. With fices pale as hue of death. With beating hearts and panting breath. Through trees and woods the Mollies tear And enter barracks by the rear. The band dispersed, each sought his room, To cogitate upon his doom : And hoping, fearing, dreading, wait To hear the hills rexerberate. ' Boom ! " quickly out of darkness crasheil. And through the ait great fragments dashed O see the blazing flames arise, And light the hills and midnight skies. Grim horror rules o ' er all cadets : Fear seizes upon Russell ' s " peLs; " While like a deadly poisoned dart. Terror transfixes Spex ' s heart. Out rushed the niilitaiy dude. Hat off, feet bare, and semi-nude ; Out ru.shed the little lah-de-dah — W ' c hardh- recofrnizcd the " Czar. " Granny ga -e va)- to his fears. Dropped on his knees and said his pra ers While Snelling grabbed his Sunday vest And quickly left — as he thought best. Old Billy leaped from out his bed. With hair erect upon his head ; He waited not for time nor tide. But double-quick away he hied. • I le wlio in battle runs auaj- Shall live to fight another d:i - ; ' So thought Old Spex, as hat in liaiul, He chassezed to a distant land. Old John stopped not, ' tis true, though queer. To sa -, ■• Well, hou d(ies that appear? " So f;ust he skipped we all despaired Of guessing how he disappeared. When Okl Mike heard tlic mighty fu.s.s. He trusted not his trusty trirss ; He seized his hat and then began Another tour into Japan. Old Mose was testing Wright ' s specific When first he heard the noise terrific ; He left his IL- SO. And quickl} ' scampered through thedr or. Excited by these modern writers On Anarchist and Dynamiters, Each thought the Mollies sure had jiicked him To make of vengeance their first victim. No sooner thought than it was done : Each thought alone of Number One; They stopped not to investigate. But each began to emigrate. They tra eled at a fearful rate — The mean speed was 2 48 : I heard it from the best of gucssers, W ' lio watched the flight of those professors In barracks fear and terror rule. The devil seems to be in school ; Old Stiifify thought his time had come, While ■ ' Litde Pete " was stricken dumb. Russell, the coolest of them all. Was leaning back against the wall, Recoimting to a crowd of bo)-s How he was frightened by the noise. Rejoicing fills the ] Iollies ' hearts. But splendidly they played their parts — Denouncing the incarnate fiend ' ho blew up Spe.x ' s magazine. A week has pa.ssed. the storm has ceased, And all but Spe.x ha e been appeased. He called together a Court Martial ; Old Bill)- acted as chief martial. Old Mike was there, «ith mein sedate. And white cra at and shining pate ; Old John was la yer in the case. To ferret out the rascal base. The court at first suspected Ruffin ; They all agreed he was a tough ' un ; He took the oath, the Bible kissed. And in a short time was dismissed. The next called w.as haught)- Ru.ssell, But he « as ready for the tussel ; Tr) ' as they could they found no clue. And soon the court dismissed him too. Soon after, to Old John ' s chagrin. The jur) ' brought the verdict in : ' The Arsenal, as has been shown. Was blown to atom.s — cause unknown. ' Srowlc h- ,1-, at the ancient V. M. I., At mess in Company A., en first I saw the irrowley disli, And fainted dead a va -. As -on will ask what " Growle_ - " means To you I will explain — Altliough when I recall the truck. It fills ni_ - soul with pain. Of all the hash I e cr saw, This dish it takes the cake ; Gi e me m - choice fair _ ' Outhful " cit " I ' d much prefer a snake. But what a soldier has for food. At this old V. I I. I., Would make an Anaconda sick — A Hottentot would die. One morning in the dish I found A piece of old dog collar ; 1 know not what the symbol meant — I tr - the trutli to follnw. Although this thing maj- seem " too thin, ' And though I am no gluttnn. Vet in this dish one winter morn I chewed Sam ' s collar button. There was a pup — his name was " Hoots A grea.sy. slick concern ; They worked him in the groule - dish. And didn ' t care a " durn. " . iid oft the niea.s|y frow_ - stuff All tangled up with hair Has broken my sleep with fitful dreams And eke with mad nightmare. Take my advice ' " ung " cit " — be wise Xe ' er chew this filthy weed. For this is why you see nic thus : l ' Ia ed out and gone to seed. imiicn H Mas a (ra ct Old " Se ' enty-Nine " dropped in upmi us the other da )-. We were delighted to see him. He wanted to look at our clothes bag " just to find out if it would hold a bushel of ajiples. " I ' or he has a veiy i id recollection of filling his from a tree down by the old canal landing and being chased with two other classmates b - the owner of the tree, Colonel Rassmore. " The Colonel, " said " Se ent) ' -Nine, " " was mounted and while he took the road around to the front of barracks we jumped the fence and cro.ssed ' The Nile ' but before we got to the top of the cliff I thought ni) ' bag weighed about a ton and when the Colonel reached the arch after tj-ing his horse in front of barracks we three ' rats ' had dumped the apples into our ' Mollie hole ' in the floor — filled the bags with coatees and a few soiled clothes on top. At the earnest request of the Colonel the O. D. inspected the rooms to examine the clothes bags — for the Colonel was an old cadet and had not forgotten that it was easier to find a needle in a haystack than to hide anything to eat anywhere around barracks fronl a first or a second classman — the flushed faces of us ' rats ' in ' 95 was attributed by the Colonel to our exertions in polishing up our breast plates. Some old cadets, while we were gone, had kindly (?) exchanged those breast plates for the nice clean ones we had worked on all the morning so as to be ready for the close Sunda - morning inspection, when the)- used to report ) ' 0U for a fly-speck anywhere from your dress hat to your shoes. " " ' They are not the ones ' said the Colonel to the C). I). ' for I see their clothes ' bags are filled with clothes, the apples are not in there sure. ' " And sure enough they were not in there. While we ' rats ' were kicking up such a rumpus with ' rottenstone and rubbing ' the old cadets in the room beneath understood from the rumbles of the apples just where our ' Mollie hole ' was located and as soon as the Colonel and O. D. had inspected their stoop it ditln ' t take ' em many minutes to knock a few holes in the plastering and take evei-y one of our well-earned apples. " " Oh no, neither of us ever got a taste of ' em — regulation size ! no sirree ! your clothes bags ain ' t half as big as when I was a ' rat ' . " " And by the way, I notice that they have done away with Sunday morning inspection now by having it Saturday evening. Well, with the old S. M. I. and an hour ' s sermon at church, Sunda)- was rather a dreaded d,a)- with us, especialK- if w-e had to ' double time ' b,-ick in time for dinner roll-call. " " Hut, " we interposed, " surely you wouldn ' t be reported ' absent from dinner roll-call ' would you ? " ■• Oh no, but wc wouldn ' t _i;ct our full ;illou;uicc of pir, for the unwritten rule u;ls : if you vvcri,- iibscnt fmni dinner, pic was to be divided up amon the others of -our mess — that ' s the reason the churches have clocks placed where the minister can sec the time and I remember once when a minister stopped riLjht in the middle of a sentence because a cadet in the tjallcr -, anxious about his pie, leaned over and pointed to the clock. " " B)- the wa_ ' . is Mr. Mullaly the Presb -terian minister now? " " When I wa.s a cadet the ministers frcquentl)- exchanged pulpits. Mr. Cantor was the Methodist and Mr. Hager was the Baptist. Miss Polly Bo.x — she was an interesting and striking looking woman — an old friend of my father when he w;ls here, always stopped at the door of the church to see who was going to preach before she would go to her pew and if she did not care to hear that minister she would go off to one of the other churches. " " One Sunday the Presb -terian pulpit was occupied b_ - Mr. Cantor. Miss Poll)- entered and not recognizing him whispered to .some one near the door : ' Who is it ? ' " ' Mr. Cantor ' as the repl -. She turned with ' well, I am not Eager to hear Mr. Cantor to-day, so 1 will just Cantor around to the Baptist church and hear Mr. luiger ' . " llAon Scio ' ij first S»a ) Kari} ' in the morning he came dnwn to the Superintendent ' s office ; answeied the tjuestions ; signed the pledge, not knowing it was impossible to keep it ; and was sent to the (J. M., who assigned him to a room and tuok him to the O. S. to report for militaiy dnt -. He spent the morning in teUing how much Mathematics he had studied ; whether he played base ball ; where he was from, what his name was, and a host of other questions which he thought was nobody ' s business but his own. When he went to D. R. C. he was astonished at the multiplicitj- of directions he received, about how to stand, how to hold his hands, eyes, etc. A short time after dinner a Corporal of the Guard came to his room and told him to prepare for an examination in fifteen minutes. He Hiought the time for preparation short but when it was up he went down to No. 40 where he found four gentlemen sitting behind tables, loaded with books, pajjers, etc. He was rather frightened at first, but as they proceeded to question him, his courage rose. After having told the Profes.sor nf M.ithematics he had never studied astrononi)- he was rather astonished at being asked : " How do you find the distance to the moon ? " " I never studied that and don ' t know. " " That ' s nothing but arithmetic, sir ! " " It wasn ' t in mine, sir ; how do you do it? " " Why, sir! You take one-half tlie distance and nuiitiply it b - two. " (Non Scio grins but does nor suspect.) After a few other abstruse questions he was asked : " How many stars are there ? " Non Scio thinks of the moon question and sa -s triumphantly : " Twice as many as half sir, I reckon. " » E.xaminers grin this time and one in an awful voice exclaims : " Did you mean any disrespect ti the boartl, sir, b_ - that answer? " Very meekly, " No, sir ! I thdught it w.is like the moon question and answered according!) ' . " However, he got through Matliematics and was examined on l- " rench, Latin, luiglish and Geograph)- in like manner. The)- sent him with a note to the Commandant, who sent him back with the .uiswer. Xon Scio reached barracks safely and commenced boasting about his examination, and the attentions a young lady had shown him afterwards. This suggested a new thought. In a short time a note in a lady ' s handwriting, as he thought, with an initial which he recognized as hers was handed him. He saw with delight that it was an invitation to supper. He went and talked to the kul -, who waited half an hour for him to go so she could get her supper, and then made a remark which brought out : " I " t your note this evening. " She .isked hiin if he hail it with him. He liad ; so he gaxe it tn her. She reco niized tile riti1v4 aiul tlie juke at tile same time. So she L;a e the ijnor buy his supper and a note wliieli reatl as follows : Compliments of Miss to Cadet and she bei;s le-ave to rec|iiest that the ne. t time he takes the liberty of using her name in a note to a gentleman he will take the trouble of looking at a dictionary. Le.xington, June 23, 1S9— . That fellow iie er went to find out what words lie spelled wron;..;. 1 [oue er, Xoii Scio L;ot back and w:ls taken abae ' k at seeing the coriioral atjain, who told him it was time to l;o on i;uard. He dcmuri ' ed at first but afterwards concluded he had better lJO. .So he was put on post and posted in respect to orders. Pretty .soon there was heard, " Corporal of the tiuard, Post Xo. 49. " The corporal wasn ' t around, so he used a stick on the Ku-Klu. and just about that time th e real corporal appearetl and took Xoii Scio off his jiost. His trials are not yet o -cr, for the ne.xt day a Cadet told him he was the man whom he had struck the nit ht before and he wanted satisfaction. He protested, but his friends wouldn ' t allow him to back out, .so a meetinj; w;is arrauLjed for the next morning; after Rev. down at the Nile. Pistols at twenty paces. Xon Scio didn ' t sleep much that night, and the next morning he shook hands with me and gave me some letters to send home for him. He went to the scene of action and after the regulation number of impressive preliminaries he fired and saw his opponent, clutching madly at his breast, fall to the ground. The red blood gushed and spurted from the hidden bottle. Before he could go to him the O. D. and two sentinels arrived and arrested Xon Scio. They took him to Room I 20, 4th stoop and a sentinel was placed at his door. At 10 o ' clock he is summoned before the drum head court niarti.il in Xo. 10 under charges of iolation of the .State and Institute laws. He kissed a U. S. History and promised to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The testimoii)- was taken, and after much arguing on the part of the huvyer.s, the court adjourned to the back room to consult. They returned in a f ' w monienLs with a erdict of murder of a superior officer. The Judge .Adxocate asked the prisoner if he had .ui thing to say. Xon Scio got up and talked a couple of hours, but c.)ii fini.shing was infiirmed that he had said nothing to alter matters and that " It is ni_ - painful dut_ - to announce to all concerned that Cadet Non Scio liaxing been fotuid guilt)- of the highest crime in the Institute annals — the murder of a fellow-cadet and a superior officer, is hereb_ - sentenced b - the court to be shot to-morrow morning at daybreak b - a file of IweKe men, three to be drawn by lot from each conipan)-. The Captain of Ct:nipan - ' , ' is hereby detailed to superintend the execution. " When the unfortunate bo_ - realized his position he broke down conipletel) ' , .uid his grief was respected b_ - loutl guffaws from the auilience when his late opponent walked up and said : ■■Well ■r.it, ' )ou are about the ■greenest ' I e er saw. That will do for -ou. Clear out " l•camc Ibc mns Q. iD. F.very school has its " traditionals, " wliosc exploits in class-room, on In .lies r culathnmps are handed down from year to year, each time receiving an embellishing; tmich. till the)- become so improbable that the - are no longer deemed historical, but pass into the region of fable. No college can boast nmre of these distinguished characters than the V. M. I., and among these Ben Ficklin stands pre-eminent. Boiling over with mischief aiul fun. the pranks he played we ' re innumerable. Who hasn ' t heard of the time when lie buried old Spe.x ' s boots in the snow : ' or of his iniii|ue command when being orderly of his room the inspector told him that the shoes must be more .symmetrically arranged ; hou, seizing tlie broom, his badge of office, and coming to carry sabre he marched to the left flank of the line of shoes, and without nu.i ing a muscle of his face exclaimed in stentorian tones : " Shoes ! by pairs, left backward d ress ! ' ' Old Coley, the Superintendent ' s horse, had dune long and fulhful service for the Institute, but Ben, with his artistic e)-e, looking rather to the ornamental than the useful, thought his (lei-sonal ijulchritude might be im|)ro -ed. Now it so happened that Spex ' s house was being painted red ami the pailiug fence around it uiiite. So one night ,ifler t.ips, Ben, who had noticed where the paint-pots were i)ut, sHppcd out of barracks, and getting the paints went up to where old l ' ole_ - was tpiietly browsiitg on the parade ground, and after skillfull)- putting on an entire coating of red, streaked him, zelna fisluon, with white. After contemplating his work with great satisfaction he turned him loose to await further developments. Next morning alter hreakfist the Suiierintendent called a meeting of the corps, and denounced in unmeasured terms the crueltv of so treating a dtunb animal. Men sat listening with deep attention, evidently aggrieved that either he or his connatles should l)e suspected of such an act. " General, I don ' t believe any of the boys diti it. 1 believe 1 can explain it. " " Well, how was it Mr. Ficklin ? " " Well, sir, _ -ou know the flies are prett)- bad now, and 1 think old Cole must ha against the fence. " With Christian resignation Ben went ti. his room under close arrest ; it wasn ' t the Many more incidents might be related of this versatile genius, but time will not s he received the reward which alme)st inevitabi) ' is given to those of his genius, th.it i Adjutant read an order edited by the Stiperintendcnt, stating th.it in view of .Mr. Ficklin ' : l " te r aw ' hil e he gut up and said : e n ibbe tl up ; igainst )-OUl :■ hou.- c and then first tint c. iffic. lie it ei lough t o sa : • that in due ■ time to s.iv i ne evenini; ; ' ' t Dres.s ; P arae le the in ' s ■ n-e .It gen ius, the limits of the V. M. I, were too contracted for liini, and tliat " he stood ipso a:lo dismissed and would fiirtliuith retin-ii to Ills Imnie. " Ik-n went, but not to his honie. Inspired with niiiitan- ardor, he entered the U. S. ami)- and went to Mexico. There he foutjht in seven battles, was promoted corporal, and se erel - wounded, being left on the field of battle as dead. He recoxered however, and made his way back to the V. M. I. Kntering the Superintendent ' s office he announced : " ( " icneral, I ' ve come back to be a cadet again. " " i Ir. Ficklin, I can ' t reinstate you, it ' s impossible. " ■■Well, sir, I ' m going to sit here till } ' oli do. " After some parleying Ren promised that he was going to beha e himself and graduate, and was allowed to enter the third class. He ke]it his promise ; but e er)- now and then the old spirit would show itself a little, as witness the following e. cuse, with which we close : Report : Absent from re -. JixaiSi- : Dreamed I was ( ). I). Res|)ectfull - submitted, B. F. FiCKUN, Ex-Corporal, V. S. A.. f ought tliroiigli seven battles in Mexieo, severely i ' oiiiided. and left for dead on the field of battle, ete.. ete. To Coi.. F. II. SMrni, Superintendent ] ' . M. ., Lexington. I ' a. I ' ornierly Assistant Professor ( ' . S. M. A. Author of Snath ' s Algebra. a ffiliobtc Blossom He saw her first on the iiitjht (if tlie final baU, and was struck b - her briL;ht anti pleasant tace and lier cherry, unaffected laughter. He secured an introduction at once, but so courted and popular was she that a tctc-a-tch- uas for some time a thint; unattainable. liut at last he managed to s|)irit her aw ,iy from the clamorous crowd of her admirers, and with a sweet smile and the information to some tardy applicant that she ne er divided one waltz into more than si.vteen parts, she floated down the steps and strolled out on the parade ground with him. Hut their stroll was not a li ng one, and they were soon sitting beneath the historic " Guard Tree " talking together in low tones, a])parently obli ious of the fact that the soljbing strains of the " Santiago " were coming from the Mess Hall, and that when she should again enter th.it historic pile, si.xteen of her most ardent ailmirers woukl ha e become her deadliest enemies. His fav ' orable impression was strengthened, and his honest admiration rapidly blo.ssoming into something stronger in the light and sunshine of her laughing eyes. She gladdened his soldierly young heart by her lively interest in all things military, and made him enter into an exhaustive discourse concerning sashes, .swords, chevrons and other paraphernalia without which a military school would degenerate into a mere penitentiary. Her quick, intelligent questions convinced him that she thoroughly imdersiood his little lecture, and he complimented her on her knowledge, telling her that she was already a good soldier, and then ensued the following dialogue : Site — " Yes, intleed, I am a good .soldier, and now, to show ) ' ou how thoroughly I have learned my lesson, let me go over it again, and -ou correct me when I ' m wrong. Well, now, ( himghtful y) let me see. In the first place, corporals all wear chicken feathers in their hats, and lia e to go on guard e ery night. " He (siiii iiii ) — " Well, not e. actl)-, Alice — that is to say. Miss Gordon, (with o , pari- upward i ivia-) ih " corps " don ' t wear plumes, but thev hojie to some da -, and I suspect it seems to them that a tour comes around e ery night. Ikit the rest of what you said was right — exactU ' right. " S ic — " ' es. 1 thought so. (You ma - call me .Mice if you wish.) And then — and then — O es I Che rons are those things you wear around _ iur waist, and a Captain ' s goes around three times, and ,i Lien ' s (whatex ' er the_ - are) twice, anil a " — - (■ — " Wait, w.iit, Alice, you are going too fast. ' ou, see, a Che ron goes on your shoulder — right here — or below -our elbow. It ' s a sas i goes ,iround your waist — like this. See? " .S7 r [ihylv] — " ' es, I see. You have a very happy method of illustrating, Mr. Holmes, " }Ic [iniahaslicd] — " Illustrations are absolutely neccssar)- to so complicated a subject. Hut you mirsn ' t call me Mr. Holmes, you must call me Harr -, or I won ' t give you another lesson in the Art of War. " S ir ■■What an exacting sch(iolin.L-.ter I Well, if _ mu uisli it, llarr - — [l wkiH: up ardih). He (cagciiy)—- I du. That ' s right. " She — " I will — procCL-d. Those fellows tliat stand in front at iJrcss Parade, and slap tlieir chests and sa)- : ■ Come to A-a-a, presence iniaccounted for ' — that ' s what the_ - sa ' , isn ' t it? " He — " Vou havn ' t got it exactl)-, but -on ha e come near enough for all practical purposes — .Mice. " S ie {soiiieiL ' hat diseoiireigeii ) — " Well. I ' ll bet I ' m right t iis time. I ' m sim|)l_ - ( ' . 7 .- ' i ' that the man who sl.inds in front and tmns round and round and va es his sword, and reads notes out loud — I ' m niorall)- eeilain that he ' s the (Juartermaster Major, for you told me so yourself, didn ' t you now, I larr)- ? {pteadingl} ' ). " He — •■ Er — no. I hardly told you that, but he is a kind of first cousin to the Ouarterm;Lster. " Slie — ■• But I just knme the man that carries the flag is the quarter guard. " (■ {ioiiieieliat eoldlv) — " Vou are mistaken, Miss Alice. " .S ' ( ' (qiiieklv) — ■■(). no, no. Tlie quarter guards are the ones that go around with l.interns at night, anti say ■goodnight ' and it certainly is sweet of them to take that trouble just for [joliteness. ( ' ' riii)iip iaii y) I ' m right now. am 1 not? " (• (ill a f rigid tone) — ' ■ No. " .S7 .— " Then they ' re O. D ' s! ' " A— " Xo. " Slie (ill des iera ii ' ii) — " Then the_ - just iiiiis bo ■ rats ' , " f {shakes his head sulkily). She (ill her las diteli) — ■ ' Well, anyhow, I do know one thing. Those dear litde fellows that have only one suspender and hokl flags out to each other before the Dress Parade comes out, at least I ' m sure of tluiii. They ' re .Sub.s. arn ' t they now ? " (■ — ■■ Xa-a-au I Thex ' re the Superintendent and Commandant o ' [ Cadets. It ' s getting cold Miss Gordon. I think ue had better go in. " And thus was the rosebud blighted. J. R. T. ir». nn». n. siaiuj The cadet possesses an cxtciisi e rciiertnirc of odd expressions that ha ' c been cuincil licrc in barracks, when, no one knows, they seem ahvays to have been in nse, and arc quite indispensable to ordinary barracks ciin ersation. So altogether unintelliijible are they to the uninitiated " cit, " that we feel that we are partlonable in placing here a list of these queer phrases accompanied by their translation into plain English. Man_ - of them no doubt appear elsewhere throughout the jjagcs of The Bomb and without tlie aid given here they would puzzle mor e than one of our readers. The first expressions that become familiar to the new cadet are : " rat " and " bucking " the former the general appellation for all newcomers, corresponding to the Plebe of the government military school, and the Freshmen of other colleges, the latter, which by- the-way the Faculty have at last found a way to suppress, is a form of chastisement which is inllicted upon the " rat " who is cheeky or infringes the rights of an upper classman. Substituting the ba ' onet scabbard for the slipper, it is but a repetition of a dreaded e ' ent of his younger daj ' s. " Bucking " also plays an important part upon all occasions of congratulations, whence the seemingly curious fact that all cadet birthdays are during the summer furlough. " Sock " and " ram " are synonomous. The " rats " first time in ranks teaches him their import ; he turns his head in ranks ; he gets " ramed, " some one tells him this ; another, that he h.is been " socked " and the Commandant tells him that he has been reported. It is puzzling at first but he soon learns that the)- all mean the same. " Corp " is an abbreviation for Corporal, and the " rat " who is desirous of wearing the much coveted " corps " che rons during his third cla.ss year, and vho b_ - industriously creasing his trousers ; polishing his plates and conscientiously " raming " (his oun classmates) tries to impress the corps with his entire fitness for that position, is said to be " running for a ' Corp ' . " The man «ho is late at formation is said to " run a late, " and when he is absent altogether he runs again ; this time he " runs ab.sent. " " Taking a roll-call or formation, " is being absent without permission. The man who takes duty usually rides or attempts to " ride the Gim " for it. This means he gets excused by the Surgeon. The expression is said to have originated as follows : Many years ago before we came here the Surgeon rode down to barracks each morning on an old horse called " Gimlet, " so dubed from his twisted tail which much resembled that implement, this in time was abbreviated to " Gim. " Some of the more sprightly of the sick while waiting their " deck " or in ordinaiy language their turn, would steal a ride on old " Gimlet. " Thus riding the " Gim " came to be a common expression and was finally applied to all candidates for the sick list. To ' ■ ride a man " is to speak to liini officialK ' for correction ; to tell liim to •• keep his dress, " " keep his head to tlic front " and so on. GoinL; out of limits without permission dnCl on the sl_ - is called ' ■ runnin;,; the block. " Keeping up lights after ' ■ taps " under the same conditions in V. M. I. parlance, is " running lights. " To be " busted " or get " broken " is applied to the unfortunate officer, who fir some ' iolation of regulations is reduced to raiik.s. In the class room a man makes a " three " when he fails on a recitation. When he is perfect he makes a " max. " " Hull " means last or lowest as the " bull man " in the cla.ss, " bull deck " and so on. In the nie.ss hall we hear the cadet asking for more " growle - " and kicking about the wa_ - the " Schofield " was divided. " Growley " is altogether indefinable. There is nothing else to which it ma_ - be likened. It has cleri eil its name either from its supposed principal ingredient or the character of the remarks that accompany its disposal at mess. " Schoheld " is a mammoth apple pie of about a foot and a half in diameter, (ieneral Schofield while inspecting the Mess Hall during a isit to the Institute it is said exhibited such relish for this, the cadets favorite dish, that it has e er since borne his name. The " Mollies " are a set of reckless fellows who from time to time furnish .imusenient and incideiitalK- some excitement to their fellow catlets. and some trouble to the authorities, by their black flags, bogus orders and gunpowder experiments on State propert}-. 1 here are a number of other more or less intelligible sayings and abbreviations that we will not dwell upon. Hut will close here hoping that e lia e been successful in furnishing a ke_ ' to any m)-stif ing expressions that occur in this little olunie of cadet literature. «v KU ZKT OVlS D. m. ir. Htblctic Hssociation President, . . . . , . . ' ' J ' : ' t Vice-President, . . . . ' " d.-.-, Captain F " oot Kali. Team, .... Caftain B.vse Bai l Te.ui, . . jt . j. . Manager Foot Ball Team, . . . . _, Manager Base Bali. Team, . . . i. i,. SLEV, 95 Manager Gvmnasium Team, . . . . I. ' . Bickeord, ' 95 Manager Tennis Club, .... W. X. I(i i , ' 95 SlKGEdN, . . . . ... . Dk. J. . . ;i; n M Gcain of ' 94 A. riicRM.w, Captain J, I) IWi.., (,.- , Mana- cr J. S. Junes, Fiiiaiu ' ur Ri-;hl : M. C. Seidell, " 95 Right: S. T. Stratton, ' 98 Right: G. Serpeil, ' 95 lu-ft: J. S. Jones, ' 95 A, .- R. X. Poiiidexter, ' 95 Zc ?.- C. E. Michel, ' 96 CENTER 1 ' . B. Locker, 96 (juauter-i;ack Sidney Foster, ' 97 LEIT HALl ' -KACK KICIIT IlAI.E-IiACK C. C. Dickinson, ' 96 ]■:. A. Hickman, ' 95 iaLL-i;ACK J. D. Twi gs, ' 95 SL-IMTITUTES A. J. Vau-han, ' 95 AV. A. Peterson, ' 95 A. B. Taylor, ' 95 J. S. Wise, ' 95 J. B. McCaw, ' 95 R. B. l.awsoii, ' 9; J. M. l aird, ' 97 W. J. Twiggs, ' 97 H. McMullen, ' oS Captain-clcct fur ' ijj : C. C. Dickinson Iprcvious tlcanis ' 91 ' 92 ' 93 Wise. ' 94 Wise, ' 94 Wise, ' 94 (CV? - .) Rk.iit End Biscoc, ' 94 Biscoe, ' 94 Michel, ' 96 Right Tackle Magoffin, ' 93 Magoffin, ' 93 Biscoe, ' 94 Rinirr Guard .Spilni.ui, ' 93 Spilman, ' 93 Smitli, ' 94 Center Crenshaw, ' 92 Poindexter, ' 95 Poindexter, ' 95 Leit Guard Smitli, " 94 Smith, ' 94 Bannon, ' 95 Lefi ' Tackle Cabel, ' 92 Berkley, ' 94 Dickinson, ' 96 Leit End Carter, ' 93 Carter, ' 93 (dp .) .... May, ' 96 Rifiirr Hale-Back Allen, ' 92 Coffeen, ' 94 Coficen, ' 94 Left Hali ' -Back Car)-, ' 92 Molt, ' 96 Holt, ' 96 Quarter-Back Taylor, ' 92 (Cnpt.) .... Twiggs, ' 95 Tuiggs, ' 95 Full-Back 1Rccol• 1 894 V. M. 1.. 44 OcTtii-.KK i;,. St. Albans, ir,. W. L. L ' o " 4 . ,,vi.:mi;i:k ?. 11. A. C, . • O " 4 . V. I,. V o •■ i6 Nii k m;i;k J I. Ruanokc C()llci, ' c, 29. Va. A. M. C, (ill StaiiiUoii). 1893 Ocnir.i.K 14. W. 1.. L ' ., 21. U. N. C 4 ••10 Nii [-Mni;!; 11. Richininul Culli- ' s c, . O " 34 2:. V. Va., ... 22 •• O -. M. I., V. M. I., iS 1892 ()chii;i:k 27. St. Johii.s, N(i i£Mi;i;i; 1 1. Wake Foix-.st, . • l- " ' - 19, Trinity, . ■ • o " 34 29. State College, Ky., . . O " 34 . W. L. v.. .6 " 30 1891 Ocriir.KK 1. W- I- L ' ., o " o Nu emi;ek 11. " ■ • 12. St. John.s, . . ■ o " ' 20. Pantops, . . 1- - ' - Oi ' i ' uNE.NTS, 62 ' . iM. I.. 390 V. .M. I.. 6 1IM5tor i of foot Ball at tbc 1ln5titutc When foot ball was first pku ' cd at the Institute is inil no vn. Prior to tlie tall of ' 91 there had never been a reyularl}- organized foot ball team. That ear Walter M. Ta lor ori .niized otu- first team and b - h presistence and untiring labors he disbanded his men at the elose of the season without ha ing met a single defeat. To Ta lor belongs the credit of establishing foot ball at the V. M. I. Me with green material started the team that has impro ed from -ear to ear until it has reached the present condition. The following ear the ele en was taken in charge by Spencer L. Carter of Virginia, who made a good, kind, firm and encouraging eaptiiin. Owing to the success of the pre ious -e.u- and his own encouraging manner Carter had little trouble in finding men to fill the places left b - Tavlor, Allen, Crenshaw and Cary. Carter ' s games were with better teams than Taylor ' s eleven met, but his success In ' 9 llenrv A. Wise was captain. The prospects seemed poor, the vacancies in the line u]) as numerous as those in the line up of the _ -e,u- before, and the losses of .Spilman, who is the best center that e -er pla -etl in the .S(,uth, Magoffin, our gu.u ' d and Y bre.iker. Herkeley, our end, and Carter captain and half back, were far from jilcisant to ihmk of We succeedeil, however, in mustering a team that afforded us the pleaan-e of seeing our affectionate neighbors. The Alinks, alias " Wa.shington and I,ee Cniversity " dressed down to the time of JS to o. This absolutely disheartened tht.se athletes and led to the di.sbanding of their team after they receixeil a present of 44 to o from the Lluix ' ersit)- of N. C, whom we defeated the next day by a score of 10 to 4. I will U here to sa - that this g.ime between the ' . M. I. and Uni ersity of N. C. was the prettiest game e -er pla_ ed in Lexington. These two games awakened the corps to the fact that the team of ' 93 was the best up to date. We then defeated the Richmond College b, - the score 34 to o. Our aspirations now turned to [jkuang the Cni ersit - of ' a.. to decide the championship of the South. The University of ' a. plaved us and set us up to a novelty that would have been .ippreciated far more had it been kept m Chariottesville. Ihuing defeated North Cai-olina, Richmond College, Washington and Lee, and challenged even- other te.un in the nice we were left holding second place in the Southern foot ball records. With the cla.ss of ' 94 graduated Wise, Hiscoe, Cofleen .md Dickinson. Hannon, Holt .uul May .md some of our best substitutes did not retunr Hickman sl.u-ted the organization of his te.un with a full b.ick, .1 gu.Liil, a t.ickle, himself and wh.it seemed .1 ery poor outlook f r improxement. In addition to these serious troubles Hlacksbin ' g h.id hired .1 tr.iiner v ho had played against us antl w.is swe.u ' ing to obliter.ite our reputation .is loot b.ill pl.i er.,. I-; en the Minks were t.ilking .ibout how they might beat us this -ear, and cXLiybiitK- ulx. lvlt hear.l the M. I., knows that thr moral clTccl of W. aiul I.. L " . bcatiili; us at tool bail would lead to the incxitabic consequence, death due to nioitilication, or heart disease. W ' e seenietl to lia e been exckuleil by tile teams ue had beaten the -ear before, and to L;el games was almost impossible. Mnall)- we arrant;-ed si. y;ame.s. Our first was with ' a.shin ton and Lcc, who [)la_ ed us 4 to o in oiu- faxur. It is worthy of mention here that after the ijame they niatle so much fu.ss uptown in cclebratinj their sLn i al that the town |)eople thoUL;ht they had wan the L;ame. llickman was ad isetl to disband, to kill his team to run them into the ri er the ne.xt time the_ - took a cro.ss country rim. tci put them in the cellar. ,uhI an - other discourai inj remark imaj inable was made. Notwithstanding; the decreasing interest and despondenc)- in the corps, llickman by his determinatoii worked his team up that he might convince our friends who were becoming more and more confident of ictor_ -. that the)- had c.iught us in an off day and ictoiy for them w.rs impossible. They met their sad fate shm-ll;,- after. We closed them out with 16 too. Their fontlest hopes were blighted, their ilearest cause was lost, and again as soon as the - jjlav-ed the game then on their schedule the ' disbanded. We then ])la ed Roanoke College of .Salem, whom we found a most agreeable set of men. The)- left us, telling us that the story of the existence of one of our team after die lilacksburg game would be handed down as fiction. Know-ing that the HIacksburg game would be no picnic or walk over for us, we were decided if we had to tile, to die a noble death. Thanksgiving day w-c went to Staunton determined to destro) ' our destro)ers. When we arrived in Staunton it seemed very easy for HIacksburg, oh ! )-es ! a picnic ! they are small boys ! kids ! a cinch ! all such remarks passed in undertones as our team went into the breakfast room. Blacksburg ' s betting ring did a rushing business until all the ' . M. I. ni -)ney was covered. That was before the team went to the grounds. The teams lined up. Our case seemed hopeless and Blacksburg moiie)- went begging at tw-o and three to one for there was only thirt)- ' . M. I. cadets present at the game, who, surely,, could not be expected to meet the bets of the w-ho!c Blacksburg school. When time was called. ' . M. I. kicked off and Blacksburg ' s trainer caught. IMacksburg continued to gain ground until they reached the V. M. I. 15 -ards line, and all the police force could not restrain the poor hooziers w-lio had never seen their team meet its equal. The ball goes o er on downs and Seldcn sends Foster around his left end for 95 yard.s and a touchdown. Fall in Blacksburg bonds, 200 per cent, lilacksburg makes the next touchdown and kick the goal thus t)-ing the score. Time is now- called. Score 6 to 6. If either side entertained a fear of losing it was in no wa - demonstrated, but on the coiitrar)- there was on both sides a most supreme expression of ictoiy-. When pla)- is resumed Blacksburg kicks off and while the ball goes from side to side on downs ' . M. I. loses ground until the ball is on our three ard line. The umpire cries : Blacksburg ' s ball, third dow-n, yard and a half to gain. Now Blacksburg is read)- for a secoiul touch down, and ' . M. I. read)- to die before the)- see it made. Massie tries his best half back oxer his best tackle, but Michel is too good for Johnson and when the wrangling mass is untangled the umpire calls ' . M. ]. bail, fi t do«ii. five yards to yaiii. Scldcn sends Dickinson around liis left end for forU ' -five ards and in four more downs decides the game with another touch down. Bl:icl sburg l ick off and V. M. I. gain ground rapidly until on Blackburg ' s twent)-vard line, where the ball is lost on fouljnterferencc. Blacksburg fumbles on the first down and the ball falls into Poindexter ' s arms, «ho makes a great ram into the mess and falls se -en -ards, but all to no a -ail for the umpire whistles tlie game off Not a player was hurt although the grounds were tlie roughest I e cr saw a game pla)-ed on. Xever was there a fairer, squarer umpire, referee, or linesman nor was there c cr a cleaner game of foot ball played. Blacksburg has circulated reports about the game that are understood by eveiybody to be the attempts of an inferior team to ' indicate themselves after a defeat. They say they weighed 178 pounds per average man. I myself, weighed our team, in their pla -ing suits and hea y sweaters, and found them to average 162 pounds. Blacksburg had good men on their team, but as one who had no right to. and whose name I will omit, said : you can ' t teach those farmers to play foot ball. All right Blacksburg, we wish -ou no ill luck in your da s of trouble. W ' e are magnanimous and after defeating you in eveiything else uduld suggest that ou challenge us to match ou on ploughing a field, but for the love of all that is sacred in your memoiy don ' t tr - Military Science or foot ball as a means of wreaking engeance on the ' . M. I. If -ou had not hired those professional base ball players in Staunton last fall we should take great pleasure in pointing out to )-ou another weakness you posse.ss. Now Blacksburg, should this fall into your hands remember, " A soft answer turneth away wrath, " but don ' t become aggravated or excited and remember that it is the weakness of the writer not his subject. May peace, prosperity and happiness reign over you and the le.sson we taught you last fall influence you to belie -e as we do, that if there is a good team around play it, but don ' t make them beat the last happ) ' thought out of you before }-ou leave them alone. Now having given this brief history of ' V. M. I. foot ball, told our Alumni that Blacksbiirg is downed again b)- the ' . M. 1. I would make a prophesy concerning the game in general. " Fift)- -ears from now, what of us are then still li -ing, will be pointed out as good-natured old liars, by the boys of that day, when we relate the marvelous scenes of hardships, witnessetl by us, on the foot ball fields of to-day. " It is a beautiful game ; those who se e it love it and those who play it love it still more, but unless there is a great revision and change of rules the game must go. Not only parents object to their sons playing it but the Legislatures of States are ruling it out. liASF. I ' .AT.L IK.Wl iH " 95 l ni . II. Base Ball XLcam, 05 Tl LK ' , ' 95, M.WAiiKK. Stephens, ' 97. ...... Catrlur Stratton, ' 98, ....... Pitc ur Moore, ' 97, . . . . . . first liusc Morgan, ' 56. ...... Siwvui uisf Jone.s J. ' 95. (Cr:pt.) . . . . . Tliird Pose Selden, ' 95. Siiort Stop Miller, ■9; IVght Fic a Stevens, ' 9S ...... Centre I-icli! Smith, 97, Left Fid,! srrsTITL ' TES- T.i ' lor. ' 95 Nc!l " , ' 98 Robertson, ' 95 Gregory, ' gs Mason, ' 98 SCHEDULE (IF li. MIvS FUR SIC.VSllX Ol ' ' 95 April 4. Rutgers ..... In Lexington ■■ 12. W. L. U ■■ 27. W. L. U. . . . . May 2. St. Jolins - ' ■ 10. Randolph M.icdn ... 15. Richmond College . . . In .Staunton •■ iS. W. L. U. .... In Lexington l.A.-t HALL DIAMOND V. flD. II. G ininnC ' iuin Ccam The y. i [. I. Cadut scklcim atteiiiiJls .inxthinij; in iIk- athletic line without success, and the ( ' i)-mnasiuin Team is no cxxe])ti in to tlie nile. In this, its fifteenth year, the team is composetl of better L; ' mnasts tlian e er before. The " iloiible L;iaiit " , •■somer-sault between the bars " and other of the more difficult Ljymnastic feats, formerl)- accomplislied by vcr) ' few, are now readiK ' executed by man - of the team. As fur the tumblers and contortionists, they would do credit to any first-cla.ss athletic combination. At the bes inning of the session there arc many aspirants to the team, but com[)arati ' cly few are successful in making; it. There are men who " don ' t know much but are uillint:; to try " : men who ha e won medals before tlic)- came here, and men wlio " know it all " . The latter class of candidates arc the hartlcst to train ,ind the least seldom successful. They often come to the ;j; -mn:Lsium with the intentiiin of showing- the old team a " thing or two " , giving them a ' ' (cw puinters " , etc. : ijut like the " rat " at drill, who has been to a military school befori.-, the - fintl that their pre ic)us superficial knuwledge is rather an impediment than otherwise. The reipiirements are not light; they are perhaps nmre exacting than tho. e of an_ - i.ither tlepartment of our athletics, .and the men wIki successfiilK ' meet them desei ' e much credit. It recpiires no little determination to train patienti) ' da ' after ila_ ' with even then a chance of not making the team, and ccrtainl) ' the corps which takes such a pride in its athletics shuuld afford to the gymnasium team the large amount of support and encouragement which they deserve. To glance briefh- o er its history: the gymnasium team was organized during the session iSSo-Si. b ' cadets Breckinridge. Saunders. Patton and Camden. Practicing .steadily, they attained such proficiency that they decided to give a public exhibition during the finals. A performance which has since been a regular feature of Commencement week and without which our finals would now seem incomplete. In 1884, His Kxcellene) ' the Governor of N ' irginia. wishing to encourage such manly exercise, offered to present the club with a gold medal, which medal they were to hold until some rival club in public contest should be pronounced their superior. The club gladly accepted the Governor ' s offer and immediately sent challenges to the Uni ersit - uf X ' irginia. Wa.shington and Lcc Uni -ersit -, Richmond and Norfolk clubs; but to their sorrow, none of the clubs would meet them. The fame of the Virginia Militaiy Institute bo) ' s had gone before them, leaving them masters of the field without a battle. The ' claim now the championship of Virginia and acknowledge themscKes second to none elsewhere. W. X. jdNE;-. ' 95. PifS!th-i . W. Holt, ' 96, ] ' L-c-J irshh-iit R. FiJAix, ' 96, ' J ' rcasiini A. ). Hamii.tux, ' 97, Si-rri-fdi-y Ikiurs Crump Cobb Dobie Feniicr MKMI iEKS Foster Hanison. B. .P. Jones, R. Fiain Flamiltoii Jones, N. Fleming HiRlson Lillai-d Geiger Holt Magraw Gregory Jaiiney Marrow Flemingi ■a ' Jem-ess McGiU Michel Roberts Spilman. R. S. Spilman, J. Ste ' ens Stockdell Ta) ' lor, J. Taylor. A. B. Vories Williams, C. F. Williams, C. S, poters TENNIS CUT. This spring a meeting of all the men interested in athletics unanimousK- approxed the proposition to introduce into the regular athletics a Field Day. The meeting was held so late that owing to the lack of time for proper training the scheme was given up for the present. Nearly e eiy .school of an_ - note has at least one Field Day. Why. then. ha e we none? The men are surel - able to present a creditable exhibition. It is true our time for athletics is ver - limited, but the foot ball team. b - taking advantage of its opportunities, has made a good show. In the latter part of the winter and early spring there is no rea,son for not training a field team, except that we have no athletic trainer. Since the Board of Visitors appropriate nothing for the support of athletics or the commencement exercises, will they not pay a part if not all the expense of a trainer ? W ' e tried to ha e a trainer last fall but the lack of financial support rendered it impossible. Athletics, if good, will do more toward adxertising than a thousand insertions in periodicals. W ' c know more of the athletics of a school than of the schools themselves. This may not be the case with the Board of Visitors or Facult)- but it is the case with the young men necessan- in the school. When a boy select-s his school he selects the one at which he is going to enjciy himself most. W ' c have a ten months ' course and the militar - dut_ - makes it still more tiresome, and if the Board of Visitors would make a reasonable appropriation for employing a trainer it would relieve a great deal of complaining and better the dragging and unbroken continuit)- of hard work by affording the corps an occasional opportuniU- to witness a good athletic exhibition. Athletic Adxucwtok. Ttk ■STIC (iri-iLicKs i " (iK 1X94-95 I.r.K.II R. (iUiMM.IAT, (,i. .. Cilifi R. S. Si ' ii.MW, ' a.. I ' L-f-l ' nsiihiit W. W . Hai-LAKd, ' a.. .SV:7- A?rr P. H. Haws, V ' a., Librarian lllrTHKICAI. The Dialectic Society was founded in the autumn of 1X49 b - Cadets Samuel Garland and J. M. Massie. The former afterwards attained the rank of Britjadier General in the Confederate Arm -, and fell nobly li,L, ' litin_L; for his countiy. The latter. aftei-wards Colonel Massie, served honorabU ' as Professor at the " . M. 1. up to the time of his death. fIDc alist, ISS3— IS04 DLCI.AIMEUS 1 8.S4 Albert Mowcll i8,S5 G. M. lulmond.; 1 ,S,S6 T. |. .Muiisc)- IS.S; 1 1. 1 ' . Webb l8,S,S V. M. McNiilu 1889 N. B. V.mW 1 890 Clias. Massie I 89 1 P. St. Geo. CocK 1892 V. A. I ' eter.son 1-93 G. X. Wise 1 894 I.. K. (iii niilliat 1 895 J. D. Ta lor 884 J. II. Winston 88 T Albert Howell 886 G. M Kdiiiond 887 W. W ¥r v 888 N. B. Karly 889 C. IS. Massie 890 J. A. Lawton 891 A. J. Ornie 892 B. B. Morgan «93 C. B. Coffeeii 894 M. K. Hyatt 895 L. R. Gignilliat IlEi;. TEl« 1884 B. B. Seninies 1885 W. P. Bark-sdale 1886 Albert Howell 1887 T. T. Terry 1888 C. B. Ma.sr.ic 1889 G. L. Snowden 1890 T. W. Leui.s 1891 J. 0. Pace 1892 C. B. Coffcen 1893 H. Statoii 1894 P. St. Geo. CocK 1S95 J. R. Richard,; lP cC ' i cnt ' i? IRccjiC ' tcr, ISS3— IS04 ' .S3- ' 84. W. A. MchcLjan. ' ir;4iiii; ' Sj- ' SS. ' S3-84. V. A. Aloncurc, X ' irgiiiia ' .S7- S8. ' 83-84. C. M. Snclliui, ' , ' irL;iiiia ' 87-88. ' 84-85. G. H. Miller. Virtjiiiia ' 88-89. •84-85. J. 1). Ward. Virginia ' 88-89. ' 84-85. I.oiiis X ' adcii. X ' lri iiiia ' 88-89. ■85-86. M. V. Doly, South Carolina ' 88-89. •85-86. Albert Howell. Georgia ' 89-90. •86-87. T. S. Thompson. Ohio ' 89- ' 90. ' 86-87. W. K. Barrett. Virginia ' 89-90. T. B. l- " aunt Le Roy, Mrginia ' 90- 9i S. D. Rockenback, X ' irginia ' 90- ' 9i X. C. Ford, Virginia •9i- 92 X. B. Earl -, Virginia •9l- ' 92 S. D. Rockenbach, ' irginia •92- ' 93 W. S. Hancock, X ' irginia •92- ' 93 T. W Lcwi.s ' irginia ' 9-- ' 93 G. L. Snowden. Georgia 93-94 W. S. Hancock. ' irginia ' 93-94. J. A. Lawton, .South Carolina ' 94- ' 9 Will. M. .McNulty. X ' irgini.i J. (). I ' ace. Kentuck - J. I. .Stephens. X ' irginia H. B. Morgan. X ' irginia C. W. Watts. X ' irginia W " . H. Cocke. Virginia H. II. H att, Virginia C. B. ColTeeii. Illinois D. 1 1. Smith. Virginia L. R. Gignilliat. Georgia ©t ' t ' iccrs for IS04=03 FIRST TERM Prrsiuknt, J. S. HiiRNiiR Vice-President, H. H. McChrmi Secretarv, C. S. Flemin(, Akkxnsas X ' iKi.jNIA I ' lJiKll.A SECCIXI) TERM President, J. C. Gregokv . ' ilt:-Pri:sii)ENT, R. ' . Peairos-, SlXRElARV. I ' " . T. HAKRlN(.r( N X ' lRlllNIA ' IK1.INIA (JEORlilA THIRD TERM President, Ciiamri.iss Ki:rni ViCE-PkIuSIDI ' .N I, II. 11. McCdrmic Secretary, R. Ixjl rs Alarama ViRdlNIA Florida 1 . riD. c. a. W. A. I ' l.ncKsdN. Pnsiihiit R. B. MoKiiAN, ' iii- ' irsidiiU A. I. IIamii ihn, CornspoinliHi; ScLiriaiy M. M. Mii.i , Niconiiii: Stiir aiy J. K. riicKs, Trciisurcr The X ' irtjiiiia Military Institute was amoiiL; tlie first of Virginia ' s Institutions of learning to feel tile need of an acti e and progressive religious inlluenee among her young men, and was quick to realize that no religious organization was so thoroughly equipped and adapted to the spiritual needs of her )-oung men as the Young Men ' s Christian Association, after the Church, the greatest power of the age, greatest because its purpose is the sah-ation of )-oung men, the hope of all nations. After a hard struggle of fortj ' -three years in the effort to maintain religious influences by means of the old methods, in 1S1S2 a small band of courageous and noble minded cadets, realizing the extremity of the situation and taking the cue from some of our sister colleges, organized the Young Men ' s Christian Association, which is now one of the eighteen College Associations of Virginia. The knowing ones smiled dubiousl}- when it was proposed to organize a Young Men ' s Christian Association at the Y. M. I. The Y. M. C A. might be adajited to all the other schools, colleges and universities of the country, but it would ne er flourish at a military school. During the fifteen -ears of its existence here, e eiy phase of the work has been put to the test, and in every instance it has been found peculiarly ciualified to meet all the demands of a military school. Through its instrumentalitv results have been attained which could not otherwise have been hoped for. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles have from time to time confronted those interested in the work, but persistent effort has in all c;ises conquered, and honest endeavor has been crowned with eminent succcs.s. The present custom of the .-Vssociation is to hold two meetings each week. One of these meetings is conducted by a leader selected from those cadets who ha e expressed their willingness and desire to take an active part in the work of the Association. The other b ' the ministers of Lexington, to whom the highest praise is due for the interest and untiring zeal they have manifested in the work. During the present year members of the Facultj- have conducted Bible classes in connection with the Association. These classes, of which there are three, lia e been uell attended throughout the _ -ear and have prox ' ed exceedingly interesting and beneficial to all concerned. In the near fLitiire vc arc to be permanentl)- established in rooms which are now being prepared in connection witli the Jackson Memorial Hall. The rooms as designed will consist of a. hall immediately over the arch-Ha - with a seating capacity of two hundred, and two smaller rooms o er the estibule of the main hall. The latter to be used fir an_ - pmpose the A.ssociation may see fit to direct. Merely as a suggestion — one of them might be made a librar - and general reading room and the other a parlor or reception room. Our Association has kept in close touch with the others and with the State Work as a whole, through correspondence, through visits paid us by the State Committee and through the attendance of iur delegation upon the Annual State Convention, at which our Association has always been well represented b - earnest men who ha e in eveiy case been especially benefitted themselves, and have always given new impetus to the Association by introducing new methods and ideas gathered from the other Associations. The prime movers in the work of the past have borne themselves manfully. They have performed their duty « ' ell — the most glorious eulog) ' that can be given a brave soldier. We present below a galaxy of our Alumni who were leaders in Y. M. C. A. work while here, and it would be difficult to select an equal number from the long list of V. M. I. graduates, more distinguished for their accomplishments and attainments, both here and in civil lite : C. M. SXELLIXd, V irginia. Pin D. M. Le.- , E. L. Darsii, R. C. GEOunK, ' 1 exas. S. H. W.VI.KEK, irginia, S. D. RoCKEMl. LII, W. S. H.ANXOCKE C. B. Slemp, j. H. ClllLD.s, B. B. MdKc.w. II. W. Revnolds Uh-Ht. ■83-84 ■84-85 ■85-86 ' 86-87 ■87-88 ■8 8- 89 ■89-90 •90- ' 9 1 ■91-92 ' 92-93 ' 93-94 W. A. Peterson. Zbc (Berman Club Ci-i-: Ei.AND CoxH Laxs W. Archer Ruiserts President Vice-President Miles Can- Selden J. Sergeant Wise ASSISTANT leaders Thomas Tinsle - I-LOOR CtlMMITTEE J. Archibald Robertson John D. Twiggs Leigh Robinson Gignilliat A. B. Taylor W. N. Jones G. Serpel W. A. Peterson H. T. Cocke A. C. Lillard E. B. Frain J. R CJrme J. ' . Bickford K. W. Griffin J. C. Gregoiy J. Cocke C. C. Dickinson C. E. Michel J. K. Sheppard R. W. ' illiams H. H. .McComiick B. P. Harrison S. T. Elliot R. S. Spilnian R. Wells J. J. Janncy A. D. Hamilton K. L, AlcGill G. P. Marrow A. M. Shipp G. D. F. Lee F. Phiniz)- F. T. I larrington C. PLarrison S. T. Stratton H. Stratton A. H. Stephens H. McMullen H. Brinkley S. Foster W. Murdaugh H. Bacon H. Biyant DRAMATIC CLin. liATOATLJGS Durini.; the iiiid-wiiitci- months of ' 94-95 uliilc drills were temporarily suspended, after foot ball was over and base ball not -ct begun, ancjther cadet organization struggled into existence, to occupy the few spare liours of recreation and to afford to the liistrionicall)- inclined an opportunity to tread the boards, for tlieir own pleasure and the presumable pleasure of others. The V. M. I. Dramatic Club made its first appearance on the night of February 23, 1895, presenting to a large and admiring audience, a farce comedy entitled " A Sea of Troubles. " This name was a Jonah, to use an inelegant but expressive phrase, and its import was realized in every particular. Se eral times was the play postponed on account of some leading character being shipped, put under arrest or otherwise incapacitated ; but finall)- after many trials ,ind much discouragement the exentful night arri -ed. The performance was a brilliant success and at its close tlie leading lad}- was presented with a magnificent bouquet of exergreens as a small token of the appreciation of die audience. After a light supper of oysters and coffee in the green room, the weaiy actors retired to their quarters, only to be aroused in a few short hours by the startled cry of the sentinel. Alas ! to find their little theatre ablaze, their costumes and properties feeding the hungiy flames and the Dramatic Club rapidly going up in smoke. But from the ashes of their first attempt, like Pluenix, they ha e risen again, and ' though slightl_ - disfigured are still in the ring. C)xE (IF THE Actors. GLEE CLL ' R. Zbe (3lcc anb niMnsticl Club IFFICEKS A. J. N ' aii.ii ...... Le.mier W. C. GkII.KK ...... M.VNAGER W. H. BuMGARnMiK AnV.VXCE Ac.ENT FOR SlM.MER ToUR A. D. Keen H. B. Miller ' P. C. Hanliiii; A. W. Moore W. H. Hunigardner H. A. Brinkley W. W. Hallaal, Jr. L, R. Gignilliat J. II. Ma; n-a v S. T. Stratton A. C. Raleigh A. J. Vaughaii A. M. Ihi.stead T. H. Routli 1 " . C. Moiit-omeiy W. C. Geiger L. R. (jignilliat .... Iiitirlonitoy J. H. Magraw ) H. B. Miller ]■ lliid Mm c£L Calcnbar for IS95 Satlu• av 3unc 22 jiNT Final CEi-EnRATiox of CAnEX and Dialectic Literary Societies Award of Medaus Orations Ho flDon a , 3unc 24 Final Gymnastic F XHin rnoN Hop ue5 av 3unc 25 Inspection and Reyieny of the Bataliion of Cadets v, the Board of Visitors Performance of the Glee and Minstrel Club, Lexington Opera House Hop, : Iii-,s Hall Mc ncs av 3unc 26 Meeting of the Socieia m Alumni Remf.w Banquet Final German Cblu•6 av 3unc 27 Closing Exercises of the Institute ' ALEnicTORY Address Deliyery of Diplomas Certificates Honors " Auld Lange Syne " I ' inal Ball 3oint jfinal Celebration of Cabct an Bialcctic Societies baturC ' avi cvcmiio. 5uuc 22 OFFICERS L. R. GiGMi.LiAT, . . President of the Dialectic CiiAMDLiss Keith. . . President of the Cadet Orations Declamations Award of Medals Hop. Mess Hall OR.VrORS ■ declaimers C. S. Fleming, ..... Cmht J. D. Taylor, ..... Cadet L. R. Gignilliat DiuhxtiL J. M. Baird Dialectic MARSHALI-S P " . T. Harrington J. D. W ' ooters A. H. Br)-ant J. A. Spilnian W. T. X ' oorheis Iprooraininc PeRFDRMANCR (IN THE HORIZONTAL AM Parallel Bars PART II TUJIBLERS AND CONTORTIONIST. ' ll on a ? CVC1U1U3, Sunc 24 Fencing PART III Boxing Hop Clui! Swinging i.is o. f m %r 1 : -M ' .--4r proijraininc PART I PeKFciKMANCE IIV THE MiNSTKEL TkOUPE Jokes Songs Clog Dancing Music I ' AKT II The Mlsical Servant A Musical Farce, introducing specialties on the Guitar, Mandolin, Flute, Violin and Metalloplione Gt,EE. Danjo am» Mandolin Cluus) Sii.i:.M Dkii.i. Hop Jfinal (Iclcbration c ©rrm n X ' Clc uc5 a 1 cvcuiiui, 3uiic 2d CLEVEI.A.Nn CoXE LaNSINC John D. T«iggs ASSISTANT LEADERS Miles Gary Selden Thomas Tuisley John Sergeant W ' i FLOOR COMMITTEE J. Archibald Robertson Robinson Gignilliat J. ' aN AiJ.KN HlCKRiKIl, X ' iKiilMA, . . PRESIDENT J. 1 ' KII tm-;V Or.MK, ■• . . X ' iCK-PKr-SIDENT R. S. Sri I.MAN, " . CiiiEi- Marshal K. W. Williams, X ' irgiiii.i C. E. Michel, Missouri W. li. Peck, X ' irginia V. W. C ' .riffin, " 11 P. Harrison. X ' irginia J. K. Slieppard, Xortli Carolina COMMITTKK W. A. Roberts, District of Columbia, C miniuin C. C. Dickinson, West ' irginia S. T. Klliot. X ' irginia S. T. AToorc. N ' irginia W. W. Holt. X ' irginia H. Stratton, Texas A. D. Hamilton, ■■ R. F. Wells, •• F. A. Hereford, Texas I-:. L. McGill, H. G. Shirley, " A. H. Stevens, District of Columbia G. P. Marrow, j. I.. Dillard, X ' ir-inia Jno. Cocke, F. T. Harrington, Georgia S. T. Stratton, Texas J. T. Carter, C. Kirkman, Kentucky. ■fln CI Anecdote of ' ' Stonewall " Jackson, New 28 A Wortliy Foe 49-50 A Sunday Scare 51-52 A Fowl in Tent, (poem) Si A Scene on the Parade Ground, (foem) S4 A Blighted Blossom loo-ioi Alumni Association, The 55 Advertisements 147-156 Base Ball Team, ' 95 116 Class of ' 95 59 History 60-63 Class of ' 96 66 History 67-68 Class of ' 97 70 History ■ ■ 71-72 Class of ' 98 74 History 75 Cadet Sunday, (poem) 87-8S Cadet Society, The 126 Calendar of 1S95 136 Charge of the Cadets, The (poem ) 23-26 Dedication 2 Dreamed He was O. D 98-99 Dramatic Club 131 History 132 Editorial 3 Editors A Foot Ball Team, ' 94 108 History 112-114 Previous Teams no Record in Field Day 122 Final Celebrations 135 Cadet and Dialectic Societies 137 Gymnasium Team 138 Glee Club 139 German Club 140 Final Ball 141 " Gold and Black, " (poem) 64 " Growley " (poem ) 93 Gymnasium Team n8 History . . . ■ 119 Glee and Minstrel Club, The 134 German Club, The 130 Interrupted Dreams, (poem ) 86 Jackson, " Stonewall, " as a Professor 29-30 Jackson Memorial Hall 45 Jackson-Hope Medalist 56 Lay of ye Last Molly, (poem S9-92 Memorial 54 Measurements of the First Class, Average 57 Meditations on Guard, (poem) 82 Non Scio ' s First Day 96-97 Recapitulation by States 76 Reveille, (poem) f 79 " The Barracks Smile upon the Nile, " etc 78 The Old Gray Coat, [poem) So To the " Gim, " (poem) 85 Tennis Club 120 Virginia Military Institute, The 6 Academic Staff 9 Athletic Association 106 Colors 6 ■ History 11-16 iWilitarv Staff 7 Virginia Military Institute, The, System 18-22 Slang ■ • 102-103 Yell 6 Virginia Dialectic Society, The 123 Medalists 124 Presidents ' Register 125 West Point of the Confederacy, The 32-44 When I was a Cadet 94-95 Ye Contrast, [poem) S3 Y. M. C. A ... 127-12S ILLUSTK. T10NS Academic Staff ■ Arch, The Battalion Parade, The . . Battalion Drill Base Ball Team Base Ball Diamond . . . Barracks, The Cabel, Sergeant Cadets in the Wheat Field . Camp Class of ' 95 Class of ' 96 Class of ' 97 Class of ' 98 Colors, The Dramatic Club Foot Ball, {sielc i) 9 115- Foot Ball Team loi Final V. M. I. Celebrations, (sick i) 135 Gymnasium Team iiS Graves of Cadets who fell in the Battle of New Market .... 26 Guard Mounting 21 Glee Club 133 Headquarters in Camp 48 In Lighter Vein, (sielc i) 77 Intermission at the Ball 129 Jackson. " Stonewall " 27 Jackson Memorial Hall 46-47 Limit Gate, The Frontispiece Mess Hall 14 " Smiles " (sietc t) 78 Tennis Club, (stetch) 120 Tennis Club Team 121 V. M. . Celebrations, (skelc i ) 135 Virginia Military Institute, The 5 Notice. 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