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  • Virginia Military Institute - 'Off the Chart History'
    memorize all of the battles and all of the generals then they ve figured out the Civil War Ayers noted No one abolitionist or secessionist or enslaved person could have imagined the Civil War that actually occurred The war that actually occurred he explained bears scant resemblance to the conflict that many people imagine To illustrate his point Ayers showed an complex chart similar to a subway system map which purports to show the entire Civil War in one sweeping glance The chart entitled History of the Civil War in the United States was produced in 1897 and is now part of the collection of the Library of Congress Ayers noted that in producing the chart its creator Arthur Hotchkiss Sciafe thought that by presenting all of the extant information about the war visually he could end the bickering over its causes and outcomes Ayers read a quote from Sciafe in which the chart creator noted that the Civil War s very nearness to ourselves tends to obscure our view Ayers though noted that the human tendency to create a story means that some information is allowed in that which fits the narrative frame of the teller while information that doesn t fit the frame is discarded Narratives are hard wired into our brains the university president acknowledged But here s the problem the shape of something the scale of a war can only be seen when the war is finished But when we go back the shape seems like what the war was The Civil War could have assumed many shapes To illustrate his point Ayers noted that many people think that the Battle of Gettysburg a Union victory in April 1863 was the turning point of the war Ayers though argued that the true turning point that brought victory to the Union was the election of 1864 but this event doesn t fit the narrative because it wasn t a battle Likewise there is a popular misconception that all of the time in a war is spent fighting We don t respect a calendar in the way we respect a map Ayers said In war the great majority of the time of soldiers is not in a big battle Gesturing to the chart Ayers pointed out that wars are won and lost in the time when it looks like nothing is happening A further example the speaker noted is the tendency for students to focus on the battles fought in Virginia and neighboring states while ignoring those fought in the states bordering the Mississippi River even though the western battles covered a much larger geographic area than those in the East We can t tell two stories at the same time in our heads Ayers said in explaining this phenomenon We don t have the bandwidth to see what s going on At the same time Ayers said there is a tendency to ignore the hundreds or even thousands of minor skirmishes that took place during the Civil

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  • Small Recycling Grant Yields Notable Results
    464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Small Recycling Grant Yields Notable Results Second Lt James Ethington 14 places waste in a recycling container in Marshall Hall Photo courtesy of Maj Jenny deHart LEXINGTON Va Jan 14 2015 A small grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful has helped to boost recycling efforts at VMI At the end of September the Institute was awarded a 750 grant to be used to expand recycling efforts or begin them anew in previously underserved areas of post such as computer labs and locker rooms Money from the grant was used to purchase recycling bins and signs directing individuals toward proper use of those bins The bins were put in place in November with data collection occurring in early December In addition to the bins visual cues were placed above the bins so users would know the correct items to put in them Thanks to the expanded recycling effort 555 pounds of paper were collected from the North Post firing range and the computer labs in Scott Shipp Hall and Mallory Hall said Maj Jenny deHart staff engineer and sustainability coordinator In addition deHart noted that 30 pounds of bottles and cans were collected from the Paulette Hall locker rooms and the firing range Because those items are lightweight it takes a large number of them to make 30 pounds said deHart The additional visual cues at the Center for Leadership and Ethics and at the firing range seemed to be effective said deHart She noted that the extra recycling bins for food containers and cutlery were used at the Center for Leadership and Ethics during the STEM conference in October with good results Because of this physical plant staff members plan to put them in place again in time for

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  • News and Features
    into the motivations of the two world leaders whose ideals and efforts made possible a peaceful end to the Cold War President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev Read More At Reagan Conference Cadet Assistants Work Learn and Network LEXINGTON Va Nov 4 2014 It s been a whirlwind two days for Salena Chiep 16 and Austin Bajc 17 cadet assistants at the John A Adams 71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis as a conference on the foreign policy legacy of former President Ronald Reagan wraps up but both agreed that the gathering has been an invaluable learning experience Read More Reagan s Diplomacy Cooperative Negotiation Backed by Strength LEXINGTON Va Nov 4 2014 Ronald Reagan s policies didn t drive the Soviet Union to capitulation but rather set the stage for a negotiated end to the Cold War said Jack F Matlock Jr whose roles in the policy and diplomatic maneuverings of the 1980s gave him a front row seat for the peaceful end to the 40 year military standoff Read More Play the Long Game LEXINGTON Va Nov 3 2014 The former NATO supreme allied commander Europe told an audience of VMI cadets faculty and Cold War scholars earlier today that building bridges not walls will be key to solving the myriad security challenges facing the global community in the 21st century Read More Talk to Focus on Biological Cybersecurity Strategy LEXINGTON Va Oct 27 2014 A cybersecurity expert who specializes in the use of biologically inspired solutions to the problem of information leakage will speak at VMI on Monday Oct 27 Read More If You Think Combat Will Destroy You Then It Will LEXINGTON Va Oct 20 2014 Cadets had the opportunity to hear from Lt Col Dave Grossman who has had profound

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  • Research Policies. VMI Archives.
    they are received by us Please make your requests as specific as possible While we make every effort to provide relevant information to those who are unable to visit the Archives to do their own research the staff cannot undertake extensive research on behalf of individuals The more focused your request the better We prefer to send information electronically whenever possible Please provide an email address We limit the number of scanned images to 10 Contact us for information about scanning fees Paper photocopies are billed at a rate of 10 cents per page after 10 pages are reached we have a limit of 100 pages An invoice is enclosed when the copies are mailed We reserve the right to decline to photocopy or scan fragile documents On site Collection Use For your convenience an appointment is strongly recommended if you are traveling from out of town We can confirm our hours and have the material you requested ready upon your arrival Items may not be checked out or removed from the Archives reading room You may not bring food or drinks into the reading room Archival material is fragile Please handle our collections with care Do not remove items from a folder or disturb the original order of the documents Staff will show you how to flag an item for photocopying Use pencil not pen if you take handwritten notes Laptops are welcome wireless is available throughout Preston Library Digital Camera and Scanner Use Policy As a convenience to researchers personal cameras and flatbed scanners may be used to make copies of materials in the reading room under certain circumstances Use must be authorized by staff The Archives will deny requests to use a personal camera or scanner if such use may result in unauthorized reproduction of restricted materials

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  • VMI Archives Staff and Contact Information.
    Areas of Study Majors Minors Arts Humanities Engineering Information Social Sciences Life Sciences Natural Sciences ROTC Enrichment Institute Honors Program International Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Archives Home Digital Collections Archives Online Catalog Quick Info FAQs Civil War New Market Stonewall Jackson Genealogy Alumni Photos Portraits Letters Diaries Manuscripts Digital Exhibits Home Military Oral History VMI Records Records Management About the Archives Hours Visitor Info Policies Staff About our Website Mary Laura Kludy Archives Assistant Ph 540 464 7516 Fax 540 464 7089 archives vmi edu Preston Library Lexington Virginia 24450 Hours Visitor Info Archives About Contact Us Contact Us Diane B Jacob Head Archives Records Management Phone 540 464 7566 Mary Laura Kludy Archives Records Mgt Assistant Phone 540 464 7516 Email Archives vmi edu Fax 540

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  • VMI Archives. About Our Website.
    Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Archives Home Digital Collections Archives Online Catalog Quick Info FAQs Civil War New Market Stonewall Jackson Genealogy Alumni Photos Portraits Letters Diaries Manuscripts Digital Exhibits Home Military Oral History VMI Records Records Management About the Archives Hours Visitor Info Policies Staff About our Website Mary Laura Kludy Archives Assistant Ph 540 464 7516 Fax 540 464 7089 archives vmi edu Preston Library Lexington Virginia 24450 Hours Visitor Info Archives About About our Website About the VMI Archives Website The VMI Archives website is the gateway to our digital collections finding aids and in depth scholarly information about an extensive range of historical topics relevant to our holdings We are committed to providing easy online access to our unique resources and new digital content is added

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  • Stonewall Jackson - Popular Questions. An FAQ from the VMI Archives.
    It refers to Jackson s steadfastness in the face of the enemy Jackson s demeanor inspired Bee a friend from Jackson s years at West Point to shout to his troops Look men there is Jackson standing like a stone wall Let us determine to die here and we will conquer Jackson s troops also referred to him as Old Jack What was the name of Jackson s horse View Photo 1 Photo 2 In the spring of 1861 while he was in command at Harper s Ferry Jackson acquired the horse that he rode throughout the war Although the horse was originally purchased by Jackson as a gift for his wife and initially named Fancy this name was short lived Jackson decided to keep the horse and it was universally known as Little Sorrel Described as small approximately 15 hands and gaunt but with remarkable powers of endurance Little Sorrel remained Jackson s favorite and he was riding this horse when he was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville After the war Little Sorrel first returned to North Carolina with Mrs Jackson and subsequently was sent to VMI where he grazed on the VMI Parade Ground and was a favorite of cadets He died in March 1886 at the age of 36 and his mounted hide is now on display in the VMI Museum in Lexington Virginia Little Sorrel s bones were cremated and interred on the grounds of VMI in 1997 Is it true that Jackson loved lemons Jackson was very concerned about his health and followed a strict diet which emphasized fruits and vegetables Although he enjoyed almost every variety of fruit he had no special fondness for lemons in fact peaches were his favorite Civil War historian James I Robertson Jr Jackson s biographer states that no member of Jackson s staff no friend not even his wife ever mentioned Jackson had a particular penchant for lemons and refers to the lemon myth It is true that Jackson was observed eating lemons on several occasions during the war this was due only to the fact that he ate whatever fruit was available When the Confederates captured a Union camp lemons were sometimes among the food stores that they confiscated the Union soldiers received lemons and other fruits more frequently than did their Confederate counterparts Despite the historical inaccuracy the story remains popular Tourists who visit Jackson s gravesite at Lexington Virginia often leave lemons as a tribute Did Jackson marry Did he have any children Jackson married twice On August 4 1853 Jackson married Elinor Junkin 1825 1854 daughter of Dr George Junkin President of Washington College and Julia Miller Junkin Elinor Ellie died in childbirth on October 22 1854 Their child a son was stillborn On July 16 1857 Jackson married for the second time Mary Anna Morrison 1831 1915 daughter of Robert Hall Morrison and Mary Graham Morrison Mary Anna s family resided in North Carolina her father was the retired President of Davidson College Mary

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  • Stonewall Jackson Papers. Letters of the Civil War General. Full text from the VMI Archives.
    Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Archives Home Digital Collections Archives Online Catalog Quick Info FAQs Civil War New Market Stonewall Jackson Popular Questions Jackson Photos Letters Papers Timeline Biography Jackson Genealogy Death Funeral VMI Career John Brown Execution Books About Jackson Genealogy Alumni Photos Portraits Letters Diaries Manuscripts Digital Exhibits Home Military Oral History VMI Records Records Management About the Archives Mary Laura Kludy Archives Assistant Ph 540 464 7516 Fax 540 464 7089 archives vmi edu Preston Library Lexington Virginia 24450 Hours Visitor Info Archives Jackson Papers Stonewall Jackson Papers Home Stonewall Jackson Papers About the Jackson Papers Manuscript 0102 The VMI Archives holds a significant collection of the personal papers of Civil War General Thomas Jonathan Stonewall Jackson The papers consist primarily of Jackson s outgoing personal correspondence Included are letters written between 1844 1863 spanning his West Point cadetship U S Army career professorship at the Virginia Military Institute and the Civil War years the bulk of the items date from prior to the outbreak of war Many of the letters were written to his sister Laura Jackson Arnold Topics include professional personal and domestic matters religious faith health and diet and his family The correspondence provides insight into Jackson s personality and philosophy and presents a portrait of the man as he was in the years before he gained national fame as a wartime military leader The collection also includes limited incoming correspondence the related papers of Mary Anna Morrison Jackson his second wife and of his sister

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