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Scott ShippRoster ID 971
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1859; Superintendent|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Scott Ship (spelling of name changed to 'Shipp' around 1883), Class of 1859 & VMI's 2nd Superintendent. Genealogy: Born- Aug. 2, 1839 at Warrenton, Va. Father- Capt. John Ship; Mother- Lucy Blackwell Scott of Fauquier Co. Va. No information on grandparents. Married- Anne Alexander Morson, daughter of Arthur A. Morson of Richmond, Va. on Aug. 19, 1869. Children- 1- Elizabeth Scott Shipp Tucker, who married Col. Nathaniel Beverly Tucker; 2- Lucy Scott Shipp Huger, who married Benjamin Huger; 3- Col. Arthur Morson Scott Shipp. (US Army). VMI Record: Entered VMI- Aug. 14, 1856; Graduated July 4, 1859 standing 4th in a class of 29. Civil War Record: Assistant Adjutant General at Camp Lee in Spring of 1861; Appointed Major of 21st Va. Infantry in June, 1861; Detailed to VMI Jan. 20, 1862; Commandant of Cadets 1862-64; Unofficial sources says he served as Private in the 4th Va. Cavalry during the summer of 1863 while on leave from VMI; New Market Staff - Commanded Cadet Battalion at the Battle of New Market May 14, 1864, where he was slightly wounded in action (took a small piece of shell in the face); served with the Cadets in the trenches at Richmond until the Corps disbanded in 1865. Careers: Teacher, School official; Unofficial source says he worked as a railroader before teaching at VMI; Lieut. and Asst. Prof. of Math and Latin and Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics at VMI 1859-60; Studied Law before the War; Lt. Col. and Prof. of Military History and Strategy; Instructor of Infantry, Artillery, and Cavalry Tactics and Commandant of Cadets 1862-64; At Washington College 1865-66; Col. and Prof. of Military History and Commandant of Cadets at VMI 1865-90; Brig. Gen. and Superintendent of VMI 1890-1907; On Board of Visitors of both US Military Academy (1890) and US Naval Academy (1894) Died- Dec. 4, 1917 in Lexington, Va.|