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University of Alabama Corps of Cadets collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0029

Scope and Contents

A miscellany of material relating to the University of Alabama Corps of cadets, 1873-1905, including invitations to the 1873 junior exhibition and Corps of Cadets hops (dances) in 1874, 1876, and 1878, and the program for a 1905 reunion of the Corps of Cadets Company E, winner of a 1885 drill competition at the New Orleans Exposition.

Dates

  • 1873-1905

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

None

Conditions Governing Use

None

Biographical / Historical

In an effort to combat severe disciplinary problems (gunfights, riots, etc.), University of Alabama president, Landon Garland, lobbied and received permission from the state legislature in 1860 to transform the university into a military school. While many of the cadets who graduated from the University went on to serve in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, many felt that the school's status as a military academy led to its being virtually burned to the ground by Union troops under General John Croxton on 4 April 1865. Only four buildings survived the flames: the President's Mansion, the Gorgas House, the Old Observatory, and the Little Round Guardhouse.

After many attempts to reopen after the end of the war, the University finally reopened in 1871, but the military structure was discontinued about a decade after the school was officially opened to women in 1892.

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet (11 items)

Overview

A miscellany of material relating to the University of Alabama Corps of cadets, 1873-1905, including invitations to the 1873 junior exhibition and Corps of Cadets hops (dances) in 1874, 1876, and 1878, and the program for a 1905 reunion of the Corps of Cadets Company E, winner of a 1885 drill competition at the New Orleans Exposition.

Processed by

unknown; updated by Martha Bace, 2012
Title
Guide to the University of Alabama Corps of Cadets collection
Status
Completed
Date
May 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500