Minutes of the Board of Visitors of The Citadel, 1861

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Minutes of the Board of Visitors of The Citadel, 1861

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Official minutes of the governing body of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

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Charleston (S.C.)

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Charleston April 9th 1861

At a meeting of the Board of Visitors this day the following members were present viz: Gen. James Jones Chairman, Gen. D. F. Jamison, Gen. J. H. Means, Col. I. D. Wilson, Henry C. Young Esquire, and Adj’t. Gen. S. R. Gist. The following resolutions were passed.

Resolved, 1st That the diploma of the State Military Academy of South Carolina be & is hereby awarded to the following cadets: viz; C. J. Walker, J. D. Lee, J. A. Tennant, T. G. Dargan, R. O. Sams, S. B. Pickens, J. H. Burns, J. M. Whilden, S. C. Boylston, T. M. Wylie, J. C. Palmer, G. E. Haynsworth, W. B. Guerard, N. Wilson, J. S. Austin, R. Croft, T. E. Raysor, W. C. Vance, J. S. L. Dove, R. Nesbit, W. S. Simkins, J. A. Keith, J. T. Morrisson, C. H. Ragsdale, and James Thurston; and that they be released, forthwith, from all obligation to the discipline of the Academy.

Resolved, 2nd That in consequence of imminent collision between the troops of the Confederate States, and the forces of the United States, in the immediate vicinity of the city of Charleston, the usual ceremonies of the commencement be dispensed with.

Charleston April 15th 1861

At a meeting of the Board of Visitors held this day the following members were present, viz; Gen. James Jones Chairman, Gen. D. F. Jamison, Gen. J. H. Means, Col. I. D. Wilson, Henry C. Young Esq, and Adj’t. Gen. S. R. Gist. The following orders were passed.

1. That Cadet Middleton of the 2nd Class and Cadets Martin, Miller, Hughes, Blum and Mackay of the 3rd Class be discharged for deficiency in studies.

2. That Cadets Horlbeck, A. Chisolm and Kerr of the

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2nd Class be retained in the 2nd Class.

3. That Cadets P. Moses, Dick, Black, Vincent, Holmes, T. Quattlebaum, Womack, Stoney, Hayne, Bell, Lesesne, Colcock and Erwin of the 4th Class be censured for neglect of study during the past quarter at the Citadel.

4. That Cadet Dyer, on account of his previous good conduct stand upon the conduct roll, his truthful avowal of his guilt and consequent refusal to sign the paper exonerating himself, and his proper bearing after his suspension, be restored to his position in the Academy.

5. That the suspension of Cadets Schlipman, Lalane, Patterson, Carvile, Ellis and Pinckney be confirmed and that they be discharged.

6. That Graduates C. I. Walker and J. D. Lee be appointed Resident Graduates for the ensuing year with the rank of Third Lieutenant respectively, and that they report at the Citadel for duty as Assistant Professors.

7. The Board of Visitors select the following names of distinguished cadets for publication under the 52nd article of the

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Regulations, viz:

First Class. C. I. Walker – Engineering, Drawing & General Merit.
J. D. Lee – Ethics & Literature and Drawing.

Second Class. G. G. Wells – Ethics & Literature, Drawing & General Merit.
W. B. McKee – Conduct and 2nd in General Merit.

Third Class. M. B. Humphrey – Mathematics, Literature.
J. C. Neil – 2nd in Mathematics, Literature.

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Columbia Aug. 28th 1861

At a meeting of the Board of Visitors this day the following members were present, viz: Gen James Jones Chairman, Gen. D. F. Jamison, Gen. J. H. Means and Col. H. C. Young.

Lieut H. S. Thompson was appointed Secretary pro tem. The Chairman then read the report of the Superintendent of the Citadel Academy on the semi-annual examination concluded on the 12th inst. and the following orders made by him on said report which were adopted, viz; The recommendations of the Academic Board are approved and will be carried into effect. It is therefore

Ordered, That Cadets Cockroft, Wescoat and Craig, of the Second Class, and Cadets Vincent, Dick and Ervin of the Third Class be discharged for deficiency in studies.

2. That in consideration of his good conduct as a cadet and his high stand in Mathematics, the class stand of Cadet T. Quattlebaum be overlooked and that he be granted an honorable discharge.

Ordered, That the suspension of Cadets Boatwright and Colcock be confirmed and that they be dismissed from the Academy.

2. That Cadet Bell be restored to the Academy and that he be ordered to report for duty on the 1st of October.

The Chairman read a communication from Maj. Stevens recommending that the Superintendent

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be granted the power of suspending a cadet for a limited period of time, and that when a cadet is suspended “until the Board of Visitors can act upon his case,” the case lie over until the next meeting of the Board. Upon these recommendations the Board decided to take no action.

The death of Lieut H. D. Kennedy Professor of Belles Lettres & History in the Arsenal Academy was announced to the Board by the Chairman. Gen. Means offered appropriate resolutions which will be found on a subsequent page.

The resignation of Maj. Stevens Superintendent of the Citadel Academy was read and accepted, when the following resolution offered by Gen. Jamison was unanimously adopted.

Resolved, That the positive character of the resignation of Major P. F. Stevens as Superintendent of the Citadel Academy leaves the Board no alternative but to accept it, but they cannot sever the relation which has so long existed between them and Maj. Stevens without bearing testimony to the marked ability and fidelity with which he has discharged all his duties which connected with the institution, and while parting from him with regret, they tender him their best wishes for his future welfare.

The Board then proceeded to fill the vacancies caused by the resignation of Maj. Stevens and the death of Lieut. Kennedy. It was

Ordered 1. That Capt. J. B. White be promoted to the rank

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Major & that he be transferred to the Citadel Academy as Superintendent; that Capt. J. P. Thomas be transferred to the Arsenal Academy as Superintendent and Professor of Belles Lettres & History; that 1st Lieut. H. S. Thompson be promoted to the rank of Captain and that he be transferred to the Citadel Academy as Professor of Belles Lettres & Ethics; that 2nd Lieuts. Patrick and Armstrong be promoted to the rank of First Lieutenants respectively that Second Lieut J. B. Patrick be promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant & that he be appointed Professor of Mathematics at the Arsenal Academy with pay of $1500 and that 2nd Lieut N. W. Armstrong be promoted of to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Mr. Warren Adams elected Professor of French in the Arsenal Academy with the rank of 2nd Lieut. And pay of $1200. Mr. Ellison Capers was elected Assistant Professor at the Citadel Academy with the rank of 2nd Lieut & pay of $1000.

On Motion of Col Young the Board then adjourned sine die.

Hugh S. Thompson
Sec. pro tem. B. V.

The following order was omitted from the proceedings recorded above.

Ordered 2. That the officers hereby promoted and those apps elected take rank from the 1st of October next & that they report for duty at that time at the posts which they have been assigned.

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Columbia Aug. 28th 1861

At a meeting of the Board of Visitors held this day the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.

Resolved, That we have heard with deep regret of the death of Lieut. Henry D. Kennedy Professor of Belles Lettres & History in the Arsenal Academy, whose kind heart, manly qualities, fidelity and efficiency in the discharge of all his duties as a professor not only won our admiration and respect but greatly endeared him to us.

Resolved, That these resolutions be entered upon a separate page of the Journal of the Board and published in the papers of Columbia and Charleston, and that a copy be sent to the family of the deceased.

Hugh S. Thompson
Sec. pro tem. B. V.

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[Blank.]

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Arsenal Academy
Nov. 26 1861

The Board convened this day at 11 A.M.

Present
D. F. Jamison, Act’g Chairman
I. D. Wilson
Henry Young

When the annual examination of the cadets began. The examination was continued by adjournment until the 28th inst when the Board adjourned to meet on Friday the 29th inst at 10 A.M. at the office of the Commissioner of the New State House. J. H. Means was present the last two days of the examination.

Columbia, S.C.
Nov. 29. 1861.

Pursuant to adjournment the Board met today at 10 A.M.

Present
James Jones Chairman
D. F. Jamison
J. H. Means
I. D. Wilson
Henry Young
S. R. Gist (Adj’t. & Ins. Gen.)

The report of Capt. J. P. Thomas was taken up and read when, It was

Ordered:

I. That Cadet Nims be retained in the 4th Class for another year, at his own request.

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II. That, in accordance with the recommendation of the Academic Board, Cadets Taylor and Burns be discharged for deficiency in studies, and that Cadets Sining, Daris and Ryan, likewise recommended for discharge be retained in the 4th Class for another year.

III. That Cadet Daniel Jenkins be transferred from the Pay to the State roll.

IV. That the following cadets be transferred from the Arsenal to the Citadel Academy on the 1st January 1862.

Pay
1. R. Aldrich
2. Anderson
3. Blake
4. Bouknight
5. Cameron
6. Chisolm
7. A. Clement
8. Dennis
9. DeSaussure
10. Dozier
11. Easterlin
12. Elliott
13. Fleming
14. Gibbes
15. Hagood
16. Hodges
17. Holmes
18. F. Huger
11. D. Jenkins (State)
19. King
20. McIlvain
21. Mellett
22. Middleton
23. Nichols
24. Peronneau
25. Pinckney 2
26. Quattlebaum
27. Raysor
28. Schipman
29. J. Sheppard
30. I. Sheppard
31. F. Simons
32. Spann
33. Sams
34. White

State
1. Boyd
2. Cousart
3. Dean
4. Hollingsworth
5. Lockwood
6. McKenzie
7. Patterson
8. Salley
9. Thomas
10. Vernon

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The Board then proceeded to elect an Assistant Professor at the Arsenal Academy to fill the vacancy made by the promotion of Lieut. J. B. Patrick on the 1st of Oct. last. It was

Resolved unanimously

That Mr. John W. Jamison be elected Assistant Professor at the Arsenal Academy with the rank of Second Lieut and pay of $1000 per annum.

That Report of the Superintendent of the C.A. was then read when it was

Ordered

I. That Cadet Eaves be dismissed for overstaying furlough.

II. That the suspension of Cadet Roberts for disrespect to his commanding officer be confirmed, and that he be dismissed.

III. That Cadet L. W. Kennedy be transferred from the Pay to the State roll.

It was next resolved
That the application of J. A. Bradley for readmission into the Citadel Academy be rejected.

Resolved
That the resignation of Lieut E. Capers, Assistant Professor at the Citadel Academy be accepted.

Resolved
That the Acting Chairman address a letter to Maj. White relative to ordering the Battalion of Cadets into active service.

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The Board then considered a proposition of Col. P. F. Stevens submitted through Gen. Gist, relative to the arms in the State Arsenals for the use of the Academy; the cadet musket & the cadet rifle musket and requesting that the latter be issued to troops now in service, under his command.

Resolved
That Col. Stevens can have the cadet musket, but not the cadet rifle musket.

On motion the Board then adjourned to meet tomorrow at 9 A.M.

John B. Patrick
Act’g Sec. B.V.

Columbia, Nov. 30. ‘61

Pursuant to adjournment the Board met this day at 9 A.M.

Present
James Jones Chairman
D. F. Jamison
J. H. Means
Henry Young
S. R. Gist (Adj’t & Ins. Gen.)

Resolved that the following persons be appointed to the Academy to report on the 1st of January 1862.

Abbeville
1 G. M. Smith P
2 Jno. M. Mays P
3 T. L. Hackett P
4 J. M. Lawton P
5 J. A. Calhoun P
6 Benjamin Chiles P
7 J. J. Miller P
8 C. G. Waller P
9 Joseph F. Black S
Anderson
10 Edward Monroe P
11 R. J. W. McCann P
12 C. A. Reed P
13 P. K. McCully P
14 D. S. Taylor P
15 Theodore Caskin S
Barnwell
16 *Medicus Gray P
17 *J. V. Baxley P

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18 Stephen Graham P
19 Eli Riley P
20 A. M. Owens P
21 L. C. Rice P
22 J. B. Walker S
Beaufort
23 H. S. Morrison P
24 W. P. Hamilton P
25 T. H. Howard P
26 H. P. Howard P
Charleston
27 *J. O’Hear Sanders P
28 *A. W. Taft P
29 *A. G. Magrath P
30 *A. Wardlaw P
31 *D. D. B. Colcock P
32 *J. M. Rogers P
33 H. D. Bonnetheau P
34 J. W. Ferguson P
35 William Ravenel P
36 L. W. Sanders P
37 W. G. Miller P
38 C. L. O’Gorman P
39 J. R. Pringle P
40 W. A. Pringle P
41 H. E. Vincent P
42 Frederick Richardson P
43 G. M. Leitch P
44 C. R. Holmes P
45 Thos Frost P
46 F. J. Murdock P
47 W. P. DeSaussure P
48 Clarence Wagner P
49 Laurence Moore P
50 J. P. Lawton P
51 E. T. Simons P
52 Alexander Hume P
53 Robert Copes P
54 J. M. Lawton P
55 W. H. Sinkler P
56 W. H. Hayward P
57 C. J. Colcock P
58 H. F. Faber P
59 W. H. Rhett P
60 Charles Carrington P
61 A. J. White P
62 John DeTreville P
63 A. H. Angel P
64 W. G. Baynard Jr. P
65 John Hall P
66 George McIntire S
67 E. J. Webb S
68 E. C. McCarty S
69 J. E. Boinest S
Chester
70 R. H. Stringfellow Jr. P
71 Thos. A. Aiken P
Colleton
72 *A. R. Heyward P
73 John Johnson P
74 L. H. Glover P
75 Adam H. Jenkins P
76 W. H. Jenkins P
77 N. R. Perry P

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78 L. N. Fishburne P
79 H. M. Hughes S
Darlington
80 M. S. Haynesworth P
81 W. D. Woods P
82 T. W. Bacot S
Edgefield
83 T. G. Croft P
84 D. R. Strother P
85 J. P. Culbreath P
86 James Culbreath P
87 John Culbreath P
88 Henry McClintock S
89 W. D. Spann S
Fairfield
90 Amos J. Gladney P
91 Theodore Mobley P
92 James Davis P
93 J. K. Anderson P
94 W. H. McPheeters P
Georgetown
95 Warren Atkinson S
Greenville
96 T. G. Croft P
97 E. G. Ware P
98 B. E. Spear S
99 Y. H. Diver S
Kershaw
100 Wm. R. Withers P
Lancaster
101 John Brown P
Laurens
102 *O. D. East P
103 W. D. Fowler P
104 M. R. Butler S
Lexington
105 J. J. Fox P
106 J. C. Hope P
107 J. J. Barr S
Marlborough
108 F. A. Rogers P
109 J. F. Rogers P
Marion
110 Charles S. Harllee P
111 J. W. Cooper P
112 A. C. Moody S
Newberry
113 F. G. Spearman P
114 W. R. Spearman P
115 J. R. Spearman P
116 J. S. Spearman P
117 J. W. Herbert P
118 W. Y. Fair P
Orangeburg
119 J. M. Moss P
120 Henry Ellis P
Pickens
121 J. T. Poe P
122 J. E. Lewis P
Richland
123 *J. W. Vinson P
124 C. T. Goodwyn P
125 John Vinson P
126 W. C. Fisher P
127 J. C. Watson P
128 F. Ehrlich P

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129 Benjamin Herndon P
Spartanburg
130 *John M. Carson P
131 E. B. Cannon P
132 W. H. Mitchell P
133 C. L. Fike S
Sumter
134 Wm. M. Richardson P
135 Attamont Moses P
Chesterfield
136 W. A. Blue P
137 John L. Jordan P
138 Wm. Henry Jordan P
139 Albert Blakeney P
140 B. C. Evans P
141 Isaac Y. Westervelt S
Williamsburg
142 F. N. Wilson P
143 Clarendon Witherspoon P
144 Melville Dozier
York
145 Hilliard Judge P
146 Hutchinson White P
147 J. W. Rawlinson P

Those marked (*) are appointed to the Citadel

The Chairman then stated that Mr. Adams had declined accepting the office to which he was elected at the Arsenal Academy and that he had appointed Mr. A. J. Norris in his stead.

Resolved unanimously
That the appointment of Mr. A. J. Norris, Professor of French at the Arsenal Academy, be confirmed.

Resolved unanimously That Mr. A. S. Gaillard be elected Assistant Professor at the Citadel Academy to fill the vacancy made by the resignation of Lieut. E. Capers – his rank to be 2nd Lieut & pay one thousand dollars.

Resolved unanimously That Lieut J. B. Patrick be elected Secretary of the Board of Visitors.

On motion the Board adjourned sine die.

John B. Patrick
Sec. B. V.

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Report.

To the Honorable the General Assembly of South Carolina –

The Board of Visitors of the South Carolina Military Academy beg leave to submit the following report.

The annual examination at the Citadel Academy held in April last, and the are just concluded at the Arsenal have been very satisfactory, although the academic studies in both institutions have been interrupted by the disturbed condition of public affairs during the past season.

At the annual meeting of the Board held on the 29th November inst, there were fifty seven (57) pay[*] and nineteen (19) state cadets at the Citadel Academy. Thirty four (34) pay[x] and twelve (12) state cadets were ordered to be sent from the Arsenal to the Citadel Academy on the first of January next. Four (4) pay cadets were retained for another year at the Arsenal Academy making, at present, in the institution eighty nine (89) pay and thirty two (32) state cadets. There were appointed at the same time, one hundred and fifteen (115) pay and twenty (20) state applicants to enter the Arsenal Academy and twelve (12) pay applicants to enter the fourth class, rising third, at the Citadel Academy; so that on the first

* One of whom was transferred to the state list.
x One of whom was transferred to the state list.

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of January next, there will be at the Citadel one hundred and one (101) pay and thirty two (32) state cadets, and at the Arsenal one hundred and nineteen 119 pay and twenty (20) state cadets; making in the aggregate two hundred and seventy two (272) cadets in the Military Academies.

From the present high prices of almost all the commodities which are necessary for the support of these institutions, the Board are apprehensive that with their present means, they will not be able, as hitherto, to keep them free from debt. Already a deficit exists in the accounts of the Citadel, made out to the end of the fiscal year on the first of October last, which the Board have every reason to fear will be considerably increased by the expenditures of the present quarter.

The Board are unwilling to ask for additional means to keep up the institutions at a time when there is so much need for all the resources of the state, and they are equally indisposed to increase the amount required for the support of a pay cadet, as they have been anxious to keep these schools within the reach of that large class of our people who cannot afford to give their sons an expensive education and especially, at a time when there is so much pressure upon those of every condition. If, however, the high prices of clothing and food, which have existed for some time, are likely to continue, it will be necessary to increase the pay of a cadet to sixty dollars

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a quarter, or two hundred and forty dollars per annum, instead of the sum of two hundred dollars, which is now required.

The Board make the following report of the receipts and expenditures for the fiscal year from Oct. 1st 1860, to September 30th 1861, for a more specific account of which they refer to the annual accounts of the Bursars of the Academies, accompanied by the proper vouchers.

Receipts
Balance on hand Oct. 1 1860 $1900.95
Received from appropriation 30000.00
Received from pay cadets 26250.00
Received from sundry small sales 303.64
Received from Gov. for support of extra guard 1021.18
[Total] $59475.77

Over-expended at the Citadel $2224.76
Over-expended at the Arsenal 44.98
Balance over-expended 2269.74
[Total] $61745.51

Expenditures
For salaries of officers $16129.50
For subsistence 16209.46
For clothing 12533.96
For washing 2175.95
For servants hire 2380.12
For music 630.45
For contingencies including medicines, stationery, books, fuel, lights, etc. 5198.70
For permanent improvements 3682.05
For repairs 721.84
For library 198.53
For magazine guard 1814.95
For tuition fund restored 50.00
[Total] $61745.51

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Exhibit showing the number of cadets appointed; of those who failed to report; of those rejected, honorably discharged, discharged for deficiency, graduated etc. from from January 1st 1843 to November 30th 1861 is herewith submitted.

Respectfully reported
(signed) James Jones
Chair. Board Visitors
S. C. Military Academy

Columbia Nov. 30 1861.

[See chart on original document.]

Citation

Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, “Minutes of the Board of Visitors of The Citadel, 1861,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 21, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/376.