Century ago Colonel Claude Crozet, curly-haired, black-whiskered soldier of Napoleon, State Engineer of Virginia, became first president of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Military Institute. On November 11, 1839, 32 cadets were admitted to the new school. The contractor had not finished building the barracks, and snow had fallen before he was through. Food was scarce. The cadets decided to go home. If they had, V. M. I. would not have celebrated its centennial last week.

In V. M. I.'s 100 years there have been some great doings. In 1859 a band of 100 cadets trooped to Charles Town...

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