Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“The whole history of VMI is a triumphant chronicle of the part which the citizen – soldier can play in a democracy.”
“The citizen – soldier is the guarantee against a misuse of power.”
“No college in America can match the record of the Institute in training the citizen – soldier.”
“A strong body of citizen – soldiers motivated by patriotism and love of country is of vital importance not only to the defense of our country but to its actual survival as a nation.”
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Cincinnatus and the Society of
In 1783, at the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War, the officers of the Continental Army concluded they had emulated Cincinnatus. They took his name and founded the hereditary Patriotic Society of the Cincinnati. George Washington served as the first President General of the Society until his death in 1799. Branches of the Society were formed in each of the thirteen original American Colonies and in France.
The purposes of the Society are to perpetuate the principles of Liberty and Freedom for which the War was fought and to aid charitable and educational purposes. The Society in the State of Virginia established at VMI in 1913 the Cincinnati Medal and has supported other Institute activities.
Location. 37° 47.384′ N, 79° 26.233′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on Letcher Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Mourning Her Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Sigma Nu Fraternity (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. (about 400 feet away); Little Sorrel (about 400 feet away); The Cadet Battery (about 500 feet away); Stonewall Jackson (about 500 feet away); George C. Marshall (about 500 feet away); Virginia Military Institute (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . . History of the Society of the Cincinnati. (Submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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