A party at the Virginia Military Institute, from the December 22, 1941, issue of Life magazine. The caption reads:

Cadets and girls sit one out in Jackson Memorial hall under the famous painting by B. West Clinedinst (V. M. I. Class of ’80) of the charge at New Market. The boys above are no older than the boys below. When someone once asked Lincoln if the Civil War would be over in three months, he said, “It might be, if it weren’t for a certain school in Virginia.”

I could be wrong, of course, but I’m pretty sure the folks at Life just made that quotation up.


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