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VMI Cadets at McDowell: “War was not a pastime”

When were the Virginia Military Institute Cadets (VMI) called to join a Confederate army as reserves? The most obvious answer is: May 1864 for the battle of New Market. But did you know that “Stonewall” Jackson himself “called out the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Hiking Up Sitlington Hill at McDowell Battlefield

The battle of McDowell, fought on May 8, 1862, marks a turning point in “Stonewall” Jackson’s Valley Campaign as he began to re-launch offensive movements to defend the Shenandoah Valley. After his defeat at Kernstown in March, Jackson had retreated … Continue reading

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The Battle of McDowell

I can hardly imagine the boom of cannons echoing off the mountains. Stonewall Jackson had perched atop the peaks southeast of town and dared Federal forces under Robert Milroy to attack him. Milroy, fanned across the valley below, gave it … Continue reading

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