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Virginia Military Institute marks 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market

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LEXINGTON, VA - The Virginia Military Institute will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Thursday afternoon.

"The New Market cadets, many still in their teens, charged across a farm field and helped to secure a key victory for Confederate Gen. John C. Breckinridge," explains a VMI news release.

The parade had to be cancelled because of the weather but traditionally includes flowers at the statue Virginia Mourning Her Dead and at the graves of the six New Market cadets who are buried beneath the statue. The names of the ten cadets will be called who died either during the battle or of their wounds afterward, with the same response each time from cadets in the Corps formed up on the Parade Ground: "Died on the field of honor, sir."

You can read more about the ceremony here.

The New Market ceremony is closed to the public because of space limitations at Jackson Memorial Hall. You can watch the live stream here starting at 1:45 p.m.
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