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    Historically important 1845 Virginia Military Institute Manual of Instruction for Field Artillery, used and signed by Cadet Bosworth, Class of 1857. Bosworth was a member of Thomas J. 'Stonewall' Jackson's "Second Artillery Class", apparently serving as the class marcher, as the names of twelve cadets are written on the front end paper, probably used by Bosworth to call roll. Additionally, Jackson's name is inscribed in two places on the front leaf. All twelve of these cadets saw Confederate service, one was killed at Pickett's Charge, another at Drewry's Bluff. The manual is also signed by Lt. Col. Frances Williamson Smith, VMI '56, who was wounded on April 5, 1865 at Amelia Springs and succumbed to his wounds the following day. The back leaf exhibits a charming pencil sketch by Bosworth entitled "Little Indian Gal". Housed in an archival folder, very good condition with just some wear on the binding and some scattered foxing, very sound. A remarkable piece of history from the oldest state military school in the country, commonly referred to as the "West Point of the South." The manual has 166 pages, and measures 4.75" x 7.75", leather binding with embossed decorations.

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    June, 2008
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