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Crippled Corps and VM.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery

Battle of Lynchburg, June 18, 1864

 
 
Crippled Corps and VM.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014
1. Crippled Corps and VM.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery Marker
Inscription. A week before the city of Lynchburg was to be invaded by 18,000 Union troops, the city lay vulnerable, unprotected by Confederate forces.

Brigadier General Francis T. Nicholls, a double amputee, who had recovered in a Lynchburg hospital, organized a corps of convalescing Confederates from Lynchburg’s numerous hospitals to defend the city during that critical week. Over 700 “cripple corps” manned the barricades along with 200 Virginia Military Institute cadets who had rushed to the city.

The initial line of inner defenses ran through Old City Cemetery where V.M.I. cadets bivouacked for the night.

The cadets and convalescents protected Lynchburg until the Confederate Second Corps and other units arrived to repel the Union attack the next day.
 
Location. 37° 24.928′ N, 79° 9.416′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynchburg’s Confederate Surgeons (here, next to this marker); Silas Green (here, next to this marker); Lucy Mina Otey and the Ladie’s Relief Hospital
Lynchburg Civil War Hospital Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Lynchburg Civil War Hospital Markers
(here, next to this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Section (here, next to this marker); Professor Frank Trigg (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Street Baptist Church Tragedy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carl Porter Cato Rose Collection (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Cemetery. The oldest public cemetery in Virginia still in use today - central Virginia's most unique public garden (Submitted on May 28, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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