Biographical Sketches of the VMI Men Killed in the Civil War

COL Hank– I’m going to steal sign out on the borrow sheet his thunder here– found a reprint of an old book on the VMI casualties during the recent unpleasantness in the 1860s.

Must. Have. A. Copy.

Among other things, we learn a new word– “Eleves.” (I had to look it up.)

Anyone ever heard of it?

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to Biographical Sketches of the VMI Men Killed in the Civil War

  1. burkemblog says:

    The book or the word? I used the book when I was a cadet to help identify three cadets in a photograph from the 1840s and then find out what happened to them. The eleves word (which needs an accent aigu over the first e and an accent grave over the second (otherwise it’s a verb–I had to look that up because I took French so long ago in grad school). The word means pupil or schoolboy. We sometimes disremember the French origins of VMI–both West Point and VMI required French to be taught because the standard texts for military engineering were in French. West Point had French officers teaching there until its formal organization under Jefferson’s presidency. He had them thrown out and replaced with Americans because he felt that the officers in question were more aligned with the Federalists who had preceded him in office. At VMI, the French influence lasted much longer, what with Crozet being so important to the school’s founding. I bet all antebellum VMI men could translate French texts in one way or another. VMI’s basic parade formation is French, too–very different from the company mass used at the Military Academy. But they have a bigger corps, so a VMI-style parade would take longer. Then again, the USMA cadets aren’t as well-hung as VMI men, so perhaps things would balance out.

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  2. keydet1976 says:

    W. C. “Bill” Collier has provided me a .pdf version which I have broken down into manageable bytes, which I will post on this site in 6 parts shortly.

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