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
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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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 1839.
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. Marker is located on the grounds of the Virginia Military Academy, in front of Preston Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 345 Letcher Avenue, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); P. Wesley Foster, Jr. (about 400 feet away); Little Sorrel (about 400 feet away); The Cadet Battery (about 500 feet away); George C. Marshall (about 500 feet away); Jackson’s Classroom (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . . History of the Society of the Cincinnati. (Submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 651 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.