VMI Cadets, CSA, 15mm, ACW
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VMI Cadets 18 FiguresVMI cadets were called into active military service on 14 different
occasions during the American Civil War. On 15 May 1864 VMI cadets fought as an independent unit at the Battle of New Market.
VMI is the only military college or academy in the United States to hold this distinction.
The cadets who fought that day ranged in age from 12 to 22. General John C. Breckinridge, the commanding Southern general, held the cadets in reserve
and did not use them until Union troops broke through the Confederate lines. Upon seeing the
tide of battle turning in favor of the Union forces, Breckinridge stated, "Put the boys in...
and may God forgive me for the order." The VMI cadets held the line and eventually pushed forward,
capturing a Union artillery emplacement, securing victory for the Confederates. The Union troops were
withdrawn and Confederate troops under General Breckinridge held the Shenandoah Valley. VMI suffered 52 casualties with 8 cadets killed in action, 2 who died of their wounds shortly after the battle and 42 wounded. These figures contain small amounts of lead & are not suitable for children. Will combine shipping on all items.
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