Near New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Died on the Field of Honor...”
Gravestones of VMI Cadets
The tradition of the roll of honor dates from the French army of Napoleon I, who felt his troops would be inspired by the act of commemorating their fallen comrades. For VMI, the tradition reinforces the ties between cadets of today and their predecessors who fought at New Market.
Once this Roll of Honor is reported to the Commandant, a wreath is laid at each of the cadets' grave markers, which lie beneath a statue entitled Virginia Mourning Her Dead. The statue was created by Moses Exekiel, a world-renowned sculptor who fought in the battle as a private in Company C.
In 2005, the gravestones of the six cadets interred at VMI were replaced, and memorial stones for the additional four cadets added. The original six tombstones were transferred to the New Market Battlefield State Historical
Erected by Shenandoah at War and Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 38° 39.7′ N, 78° 40.253′ W. Marker is near New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from George R. Collins Parkway (State Road 305), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the entrance to the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: New Market VA 22844, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Market Battlefield Park (a few steps from this marker); Baptism of Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bushong Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.” (approx. ¼ mile away); This Rustic Pile (approx. ¼ mile away); Heroism in Defeat (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Battle of New Market (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of New Market (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Market.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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