Original Author: With Good Reason, a program of Virginia Humanities
Created: October 16, 2004

VMI’s Recreation of the Battle of Newmarket

The Field of Lost Shoes (October 2-8) The Virginia Military Institute is rich in traditions that work to cement the bonds among the corps of cadets from the day they amble in the door to the day they march out into the world. Each fall, students re-create the Battle of Newmarket where ten VMI cadets lost their lives in the Civil War. Senior cadets march 84 miles from Lexington to New Market, freshmen "Rats" take their Cadet Oath, and hundreds of students charge screaming across the former battlefield in honor of their fallen predecessors. WGR presents a "sound portrait" of this VMI tradition. With Good Reason, a Virginia Humanities Radio program.