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VMI Cadets at the Battle of New Market
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How many cadets fought in the battle? Were any cadets killed or wounded?
257 cadets took part in the battle; 10 cadets were killed in action or died later as a result of wounds received; 57 cadets were wounded.

What was cadet life like during the war?
See these online collections of cadet letters and diaries.

What did a New Market cadet uniform look like?
This portrait of New Market Cadet Benjamin Colonna provides the best depiction of the cadet uniform.

What kind of weapon did a New Market cadet carry ?
Of the 257 VMI cadets participating in the battle, around 200 carried the Austrian Lorenz rifle; the remainder carried the Model 1851 Cadet Springfield musket.

I read about Cadet William McDowell in The Ghost Cadet, but it's a work of fiction. Where can I find out more about the real William McDowell?
We have all available information about Willie McDowell on our Ghost Cadet Resources site.

How old were the cadets who fought at New Market ?
Although the ages ranged from 15 to 24, most cadets were between 17 and 21 years old-- that is, very similar in age to today's college students.

Where can I find a list of New Market cadets ?
Use our Online Rosters Database; type the search term New Market in the keyword search box.

Do you have a map of the battlefield?
This map was created by battle veteran Benajmin Colonna after extensive research.