Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Crippled Corps and V.M.I. Cadets Form Inner Defenses in Old City Cemetery
Battle of Lynchburg, June 18, 1864
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other 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 (here, next to this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Section (here, next to this marker); Samuel Brice (Bryce) (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Memorial Arch (here, next to this marker); Removal of Federal Dead (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 819 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.