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“The Institute Will Be Heard From Today,” VMI in the Lower Valley During the Civil War

A Weekend Warrior Program

June 23-25, 2017

With Colonel Keith Gibson and Major Troy Marshall from New Market, VA

VMI In the Lower ValleyVMI and its graduates are proud of their long and distinguished history. Although a young school, just 20 years old, her graduates and young cadets provided a significant boost to readiness and combat capabilities of the southern Confederacy. Cadets served as trainers in drill and ceremony, while faculty and graduates filled the officer ranks. Cadets were never far from the combat arms in the Valley. The legacy they established is an important study in character, loyalty and leadership.

With three significant museums related to the Civil War and the wartime barracks the VMI is rich in stories and preserved artifacts. This is the first in a series of programs that will feature them with the men best qualified to interpret them.


Friday, June 23rd

Meet in New Market at the Hall of Valor at 6 PM for two opening lectures one on Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign and one on Siegel’s 1864 operations in the Valley. Colonel Keith Gibson will deliver one and Hall of Valor Director Troy Marshall the other. A reception with light refreshments will accompany the lectures. Recommend you have dinner before coming to the lectures.

Saturday, June 24th

Today we will start at 8:30 AM with an analysis of Siegel’s mission as part of Grant’s grand strategy. Our stops will examine the approach of Siegel’s force and the mustering assembly of a scratch force of Confederates set to be augmented by the 200+ member Corps of Cadets from Lexington. This program will emphasize VMI men and boys who were associated. We will then do an extensive walk of the battle of New Market and follow it with a visit to the museum archives for a rare behind the scenes look at some important relics of the past.

Following the engagement, Siegel fell back and was relieved by General David Hunter (Ironically, Hunter’s contemporary biography was written by a VMI graduate). We will spend the balance of the afternoon grouping Hunter’s forces for a move up the Valley. We will conclude with the battle at Piedmont near Fishersville. Lunch is included.

Sunday, June 25th

We shift gears today to put our focus on Stonewall Jackson in the Valley in 1862. We have neither the time nor means to cover the entire story but the breathtaking conclusion on successive days at Cross Keys and Port Republic will be enough to occupy us today. The twin successes allowed Jackson to stage his Valley army for General Robert E. Lee’s use less than three weeks later near Richmond. We will start at 8:30 AM and return to the hotel by 4 PM. Lunch is included.


Colonel Keith Gibson is a 1977 graduate of the VMI and has worked for the VMI Museums for over 35 years–he is the Director of all VMI Museum and the four star superintendent’s “go to guy” for all legacy issues relative to the VMI. Major Marshall has his degree from the College of William and Mary. He is entrusted as the Director of the “sacred ground” of the New Market–a place where the “Spirit of VMI” was born and where all new cadets take their “Oath of Commitment” to the VMI education, traditions and legacy.

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The hotel is:

Quality Inn
162 W. Old Cross Road
New Market, VA 22844
Ph: 540-740-3141

Rooms are $84.99 plus tax per night. Free breakfast included. To receive the group rate reservations must be made by June 9th. Any cancellations made after 4 pm on June 21 is subject to the charge of a night’s stay.

Reservations are under Blue and Gray Education Society.


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