Museum Shop

Your purchase from the VMI Museum Store supports the educational and preservation programs of the VMI Museum Operations.

Our museum store carries a wide variety of items, many of which are unique and inspired by artifacts in the collection.  Among the selection you will find DVD's, toys, flags, custom designed "VMI Inspired" clothing and household items and books that cover a whole range of VMI related topics. Please email us or call 540-464-7671 if you are looking for a special gift. A staff member will be happy to help you with your order.

Reposing Cold and Silent by Cathleen Lawless   

Limited Edition
Watercolor
Signed and Numbered
by Cathleen Lawless

22 by 28 inches
$315 framed and matted
$150 print alone

Note Cards Available: pack of 8, $15.95

The Cadet Battery was cast in 1848 specifically for VMI. The four six-pounder cannon were manufactured to be 300 pounds lighter than their service counterparts to enable artillery training by the young VMI Cadets, and were painted red to further distinguish them from standard pieces. Artillery instruction at VMI prior to the Civil War was taught by, among others, Major Thomas J. Jackson. Between 1851 and 1861, Jackson instructed over 400 cadets in artillery tactics; those cadets would become the officer corps for the artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia.

The Cadet Battery saw action in the Civil War; they were on the field with Jackson at First Manassas where he was forever immortalized as "Stonewall." The guns were used in battle by the Rockbridge Artillery, first commanded by Captain William Pendleton, who would later command the Artillery Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. Pendleton, an Episcopal Priest, is credited with naming the four six-pounders Matthew, Mark, Luke and John because they "spoke a strong gospel."

Artist Cathleen Lawless was moved during a January 2003 visit to the Institute by the stunning incongruity between their past and present. Her brother, Jim Conrad, graduated from VMI in 1978. Their frozen stillness on that day belied their loud and violent history. The converging pattern of the bright red carriages against the brilliant white snow caught the artist's eye, not as weapons of war, but as an intriguing composition of color and contrast. She sought to memorialize in watercolor the color, the contrast, the past and the present as she saw them that cold January day.

" Reposing Cold and Silent" is the result. Juried into the Virginia Watercolor Society's 2004 Annual Exhibition, the painting captures the unlikely beauty and quiet solitude of Jackson's Battery in a manner befitting the irony of their names: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Its soft evocation of the VMI colors, red, white and yellow, bind together alumni who for over 150 years have equated Jackson's Battery with the omnipresent legend of Stonewall himself. It is a window into both the past and present at VMI, depicting icons of history that have known both war and peace, in its own way representative of the uniqueness of the VMI experience.

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Reproduction of Stonewall Jackson's field deskA Limited Edition Reproduction - Licensed through the VMI Museum

General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson will be remembered forever as one of the greatest military leaders of all time. Now, VMI and Logan Creek Designs offer you a reminder of Jackson's illustrious legacy to treasure for your home, office, study or retreat.

The Stonewall Jackson Field Desk is a faithful reproduction of the desk in the VMI Museum. According to Colonel Keith E. Gibson, Director of the museum, "The desk is believed to be a model provided to Jackson when he taught at VMI. When he was called away to war on 21 April, 1861, he logically took the desk with him for field use."

The handsome desk, with solid brass hardware, is reproduced by Logan Creek Designs of Abingdon, Virginia, in strict conformance with quality standards set by VMI. The cherry wood has been hand rubbed with a traditional oil finish that will develop a rich natural patina as it ages.

Each desk is numbered and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. An optional cherry table is built and finished with the same exacting detail.

A portion of the purchase price of each desk will go to the VMI Museum.

Each desk is numbered in a limited edition of 1863 and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. The desk is 29" high x 34' 12"wide x 14' 1/8" deep.

A cherry table built and finished with the same exacting detail is the perfect compliment to the desk. The table is 28 1/2 " high x 34 1/2 " wide x 24" deep.

Reproduction of Stonewall Jackson's field desk.Call 276-944-3511
Mail check or money order to:
Logan Creek Designs
10347 Lindell Road
Abingdon, VA 24210

Desk and Table:  $4,695.00 plus tax and shipping. A 50 percent deposit is required to reserve your desk, with the remainder due at time of shipping.

 

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