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“Field of Lost Shoes honoring VMI Cadets ”

New Market State Historical Park
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in New Market
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Approximately 1,000,000 solders we 18 years of age of less. 500,000 were seventeen, 200,000 were sixteen, 100,000 were fifteen, and 300 were thirteen or under. The battle of New Market was one of the most known battles when 219 VMI Cadets, eighteen or less, were called to battle. The cadets were positioned in a spot that made them vulnerable to Union forces. The Cadets charged the Union canons through a wheat field of mud from easier rain. Their shoes stuck to the ground leaving a field of shoes, dead, and wounded. 8 children cadets died that day. You can't erase the past, but learn from it so not to repeat. Whenever you have a chance see an reenactment of the civil war. The actors are historians of the time.

Thank Eric B
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Super place to visit if you like history. New Market is a very interesting place to spend at least one day understanding the battle and the VMI cadets roll they played.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is unquestionably a must see if you are in the area. First view the 45 minute film that chronicles the VMI cadet's march from VMI to play a vital role in this Civil War battle. Then view the many visits followed by a walking tour of the battlefield. Allow 2 hours or more.

Thank Terry B
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Cool movie and museum focused on the battle of New Market with a really awesome focus on the VMI contribution to the battle. Really worth the entrance fee.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Have passed this for many years and decided it would be my final stop on my civil war battlefield extravaganza trip and it is worth the stop. Very thorough telling of a this little known, yet significant battle. I was simply interested in the battlefield and the self guided tour is thorough and well thought out. I had seen "the field of lost shoes" and as a middle school history teacher I was familiar with this battle but being here added a nice overall picture of the importance of smaller battles to the entire civil war. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Takes about an hour to cover all the walking portions add 30 more minutes for movie and museum.

Thank Lisa J
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