Virginia military Institute.
--During their late session in this city, the Visitors decided to allow the absent officers of this institution until the 5th day of December next to make their election between remaining in the army and returning to their posts at Lexington
. --The officers absent are Colonel Francis H. Smith
, Principal, stationed with his command near Norfolk
; Professor Gilham
, in command of a regiment under General Lee
; Professor Jackson
, a Brigadier General
in the Army of the Potomac; and Professor John T. L. Preston
, also, we think, with Gen. Jackson
Some, at least, of these men, could not well be spared from the field of active operations.
If these gentlemen prefer active service, the Board will in December, after having advertised for applicants, proceed to supply their places.
There are many cadets now ready and desirous to enter upon their studies, and the Board formally admitted more than a hundred at its recent meeting.