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Cadet Charles T. Haigh Civil War Diary
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Manuscript #016

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 Charles T. Haigh, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, attended VMI for 2 years prior to joining the Confederate Army.  During his cadetship he kept a diary for a brief period, March-May 1863, which included entries concerning the death and funeral of Stonewall Jackson.  It is the best cadet account of those events. Haigh subsequently left VMI to serve in the 37th North Carolina Infantry Regt. He was killed in battle at Spottsylvania on May 12, 1864, one year after he wrote the VMI diary entries. 

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Monday May 11th [1863] Charles T. Haigh, circa 1863

The death of the lamented hero "Stonewall" Jackson is a terrible blow to the South. The news of his death reached us last night at midnight--his military career fills the brightest and most momentous pages of the history of our country and the achievements of our army. He departed this life at Guinea Station last Sunday at 3 1/4 o'clock. His remains will be carried to Richmond where they will be in state for one day and then brought here (Lexington) for interment.

Wednesday May 13th
All academic duties are suspended today in honor to the old hero. His body is expected hourly.

Thursday May 14th Gen. Jackson's body arrived by the boat at 1 o'clock--was escorted to Barracks by the Corps and placed in his old Section room which room is draped in mourning for the period of six months. He is in a fine metallic coffin. The first flag made in the South of the new design covers his coffin--on the flag wreaths of evergreens and flowers. It is the request of his wife that he shall be buried tomorrow. Half hour guns have been firing from sunrise fired from his old battery.

Friday May 15th Guns have been firing all morning in honor of the lamented Jackson.
Friday afternoon. The procession formed in front of the Sally port at half past ten. Commenced to move at 11. Corps in front of caisson on which he was borne. Then a company of Cavalry, after that a company composed of all the wounded and all that were once members of the old Stonewall Brigade. Bells were tolling all over town. Funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. White.