Virginia Mourning Her Dead

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Visit the museums of the Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military college in the United States: The VMI Museum, Virginia Museum of the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson House, Marshall Museum and Library, Adams Center for Military History, and VMI Archives.

The statute Virginia Mourning Her Dead is Virginia Military Institute’s monument to the cadets who fought in the Battle of New Market. The monument was dedicated in 1903 and stood in front of the Old Jackson Memorial Hall, part of the west wing of barracks at the time. The statue was sculpted by Moses Ezekiel, a member of the Class of 1866 and a veteran of the Battle of New Market. The names of all the cadets in the Corps of 1864 are inscribed on the monument. The statue was moved to its current location in 1912 and at this time, the remains of six cadets were placed in the niche under the monument. Of the 257 cadets who fought in the battle forty-seven were wounded and ten were killed.

Each year on May 15th, the anniversary of the Battle of New Market, a ceremony is held in front of the monument. The event features a roll call of the names of cadets who lost their lives at New Market. When the name of each who was killed is called a representative from the same company in today’s corps answers, “Died on the Field of Honor, Sir.” The ceremony also recognizes all of the institute alumni who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The New Market Day Ceremony

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