Photo: Marking New Market Day

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

Last Thursday (May 15) was the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of New Market, a Confederate victory in which 247 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) cadets played an important role, their charge becoming one of the war’s most well-known incidents (and recently made into a film that premiered in Richmond, “The Field of Lost Shoes” — as the muddy field the cadets charged across became known). Modern-day VMI grad Doug Baumgardner (left) led a brief ceremony at the grave of cadet John Jett Reid at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Woodville, where Reid was a lifelong resident. Baumgardner, shown with fellow VMI grad William Arthur, recited a letter written in 1909 by Eliza Clinedinst Crim, who witnessed the battle in 1864 and helped nurse the wounded and dying.

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