NEW: VMI Cadets March To New Market

Posted: May 14, 2014

(Harrisonburg) VMI cadets march through Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg Wednesday morning. The "Rats" recreate the March of Fallen Brethren on U.S. Route 11 on their way to New Market, for the reenactment commemoration of the Battle of New Market's 150th anniversary this coming weekend. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record) (Photo by Nikki Fox)
VMI cadets Miles McBath, 21, of Carnesville, Ga., hydrates while taking a break with the other "Rats" while walling through Harrisonburg Wednesday morning. The "Rats" recreate the March of Fallen Brethren on U.S. Route 11 on their way to New Market, for the reenactment commemoration of the Battle of New Market's 150th anniversary. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record) (Photo by Nikki Fox)

HARRISONBURG — Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute began their long march from Lexington to New Market on Sunday, recreating the trek their VMI forebears made in 1864 before seeing action in the Battle of New Market. Nearly 260 members of the class of 1866 fought in the battle. Scores were injured and 10 were killed or mortally wounded during the conflict, which the Confederacy won due in no small part to the role played by the young soldiers from VMI.

The 84-mile, five-day hike up U.S. 11  will culminate with participation in events at the battlefield commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle, which took place on May 15, 1864.

The Daily News-Record will have a complete report on the cadets' march in Thursday's print and web editions, and will cover the commemorative events taking place over the next four days on and around the battlefield in New Market.



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