Tag Archives: Battle of New Market

Cadet Thomas G. Jefferson: Saving a Life on New Market Battlefield

Seventeen-year-old Thomas Garland Jefferson died of a wound suffered at the battle of New Market. Shot in the lungs on May 15, 1864, the Virginia Military Institute cadet lingered for hours, dying a couple of days later. Jefferson’s story has … Continue reading

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On The March: The Cadets’ Road to New Market

Adapted from Chapter 4 of Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market On May 10, 1864—the first anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s death—Virginia Military Institute cadets participated in graveside remembrance ceremonies, returned to their barracks, and finished the day … Continue reading

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Burying Their Friends: The VMI Cadets at New Market on May 17, 1864

It is quiet. The whispering hour of sunset fading into twilight. The traffic hums along on the adjacent Valley Pike, but the graveyard is silent. The dead I’ve come to remember aren’t actually here. Their bodies rest elsewhere—four in the … Continue reading

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Photographic Portraits: Cadets Identified, Girl Unknown

“Those are cadet uniforms,” I thought while sorting through thumbnail files of digitized Civil War images on Library of Congress’s website. It was not at all what I was looking for at the moment, but I bookmarked the page to … Continue reading

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Oliver P. Evans: A Colorbearer at New Market

May 15 marked a defining day and the ending day of Oliver Perry Evans’s life, but not in the same year. However, his story began on June 2, 1842, when he was born near Jackson Court House, Virginia (now West … Continue reading

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CW & Pop Culture: The Battle of New Market on the Big Screen?

Have you seen The Horse Soldiers? Have you seen the movie Field of Lost Shoes? Those are two common questions I get when I’m speaking about the Battle of New Market and my book, Call Out The Cadets. The answers … Continue reading

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New Market: Lee’s Message to Breckinridge

Today, I’m prepping notes for another Battle of New Market presentation, and as I went through General Lee’s letters to General Breckinridge again, the wording grabbed my attention. Take a look:

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ECW Podcast “A Conversation with Charlie Knight” Is Now Available

And it’s podcast release day… In our newest episode of the Emerging Civil War podcast, Dan Welch talks with Charlie Knight about New Market, Little Billy Mahone, the Crater, and more. This recording was produced live from the Douglas MacArthur … Continue reading

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The New Market Campaign Timeline – Expanded

These resources are a companion to my upcoming presentation at the Symposium this morning. Instead of confining the New Market Campaign to just the Shenandoah Valley, we need to understand it with all it’s “lesser known” actions and how this … Continue reading

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Saving Franz Sigel?

Recently, Dave Powell shared historical perspective on Union General Franz Sigel and the Battle of New Market. As we had previously agreed, here is my follow-up piece on the commander and why I had to be extra careful in my … Continue reading

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