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The burden of the cadets of the Military Institute of Virginia at the Battle of New Market.

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Civil War art would be a great thing to have my students look at and maybe to present one of their favorite pieces of work.

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Crim, Eliza Clinedinst. A woman of the Civil War era. Eliza Clinedinst Crim, b. 1838 d. 1931, (Mother Crim), who helped to care for wounded cadets after the Battle of New Market in May 1864. Tinted copy of a photo taken ca. 1864. Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Online Photograph Database

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The Lions of the Hour: VMI cadets at the Battle of New Market-May 15, 1864. Keith Rocco. Suffering the combined effect of the Union muskets and artillery's canister rounds, the center of the rebel line, companies from 51st, 30th and 62nd Virginia regiments evaporated. Confederate General Breckinridge made a choice. With the VMI cadets as his only available reserve, he hesitated. "Put the boys in," he commanded at last, "And may God forgive me for the order."

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Brig. General John Cabell Breckinridge (16.1.1821|17.5.1875) Non-combatant Mexican-American War. 1856 elected U.S. Vice President (with President James Buchanan) Fought in Eastern & Western theatres. At Battle of New Market his force which incl. 261 VMI cadets defeated Sigel's forces. Wounded at Cold Harbor. In Jubal Early's 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign & raid on Washington. Appointed Confederate Sec. of War 4.2.1865.

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