Virginia Military Institute~Battle of New Market

Virginia Military Institute~Battle of New Market


257 cadets took part in the battle; 10 cadets were killed in action or died later as a result of wounds received; 57 cadets were wounded.

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Chronology - Battle & Aftermath

    Chronology - Battle & Aftermath
    1864 - 1865

    • 1864 May 11: Corps left Lexington at 7:00 a.m. and marched 18 miles; camped near Midway.

    • May 12: Arrived in Staunton (18 mile march) and camped south of the town.

    • May 13: Marched 19 miles; camped that night at Mt. Crawford, near Harrisonburg.

    • May 14: Marched 15 miles and camped at Mt. Tabor, 7 miles south of New Market.

    • May 15: Battle of New Market

    • May 16-17: Caring for the wounded

    • May 20: Corps arrived Harrisonburg

    • May 21: Corps arrived Staunton.

    • May 23-June 7: Corps in Richmond, initially camping at Fairgrounds (Camp Lee); reviewed and addressed by government dignitaries; on May 28 transferred to Carter's Farm & assigned to duty under Gen. G. W. C. Lee, commanding the Local Defense Troops.

    • June 9: Corps arrived in Lexington by canal boat.

    • June 11: Union troops led by Gen. David Hunter begin bombardment of Lexington. Corps retreats and camps near Balcony Falls.

    • June 12: Gen. Hunter orders burning of VMI Barracks and other buildings .

    • June 15: Corps to Lynchburg; arrived June 16.

    • June 25: Corps back to Lexington.

    • June 27: Fourteen members of the Class of 1864 (all New Market veterans) were graduated and the Corps was furloughed.

    • October 1: Corps assembled at Camp Lee, near Richmond, VA; engaged in military duties in trenches around Richmond, but did not resume any academic work.

    • October 27: Corps under Lt. Gen. Pemberton; encamped at Poe's Farm as infantry support for nearby battery; under Lt. Gen. Ewell and comprised a part of the Confederate forces of the Dept. of Richmond.

    • December 12-27: Moved to Alms House, Richmond, a building which had been built about 1861 and was once used as a hospital. Academic work resumed on the 27th.

    • 1865 April 2: Disbanded at the Alms House on eve of evacuation of Richmond by Confederate forces; each cadet responsible for making his way home or elsewhere.

    • April 9: Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox

    • October 17: Academic worked resumed in Lexington

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