The VMI Corps of Cadets has a more than one hundred year history of participation in presidential inaugural parades. Cadets marched in their first parade in March 1909, when they departed Lexington on a special seven-car train to take part in the inauguration of William Howard Taft. The 1909 trip was a three day affair, and included a trip to a Washington theater to see the popular play “The Merry Widow.” View photos on the VMI Archives website.
The Institute’s first Order Book is preserved in the VMI Archives.
“Major Francis H. Smith assumes the command of the Virginia Military Institute”.
Pen and ink drawings by Moses Ezekiel, the noted 19th century American sculptor. A member of the New Market Corps, he created Virginia Mourning Her Dead, the Institute’s monument to the cadets who fought in the battle. The VMI Archives include a collection of Ezekiel’s papers.