ght proper to make some allusion to the story in regard to astrology, as it has gone the rounds of the papers, and hence the letter of General Francis H. Smith is given with that of General Jackson accepting the professorship at the Virginia Military Institute.
Those letters, and one from Captain R. E. Wilbourn, who was chief signal-officer for Jackson's corps, and was by his side when he was wounded, are as follows:
Virginia military Institute, March 5, 1873. General J. A. Early, Lynchburg, Va.:
Dear General — I have duly received your valued favor of the 24th ultimo.
It gives me great pleasure to supply you with the information you seek in regard to General Jackson.
For this purpose I send you herewith a certified copy of General Jackson's letter of acceptance of the Professorship of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Artillery Tactics in the Virginia Military Institute, dated April 22d, 1851.
General Jackson reported for duty in July, 1851, and entered upon his