Died on the Field of Honor..."

Died on the Field of Honor..." (HMQNJ)

Location: New Market, VA 22844 Shenandoah County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 39.7', W 78° 40.253'

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Gravestones of VMI Cadets

Of the 257 cadets from Virginia Military Institute who fought in the Battle of New Market, ten were either killed outright or later died of their wounds. Their legacy of service and sacrifice has inspired each successive generation of cadets. Since 1866, a commemorative ceremony has been held at VMI each year on May 15, the anniversary of the battle. The Corps of Cadets assembles on the parade ground, and the names of the ten New Market cadets are called. With each name, a cadet in the ranks responds, "Died on the Field of Honor, Sir."

The tradition of the roll of honor dates from the French army of Napoleon I, who felt his troops would be inspired by the act of commemorating their fallen comrades. For VMI, the tradition reinforces the ties between cadets of today and their predecessors who fought at New Market.

Once this Roll of Honor is reported to the Commandant, a wreath is laid at each of the cadets' grave markers, which lie beneath a statue entitled Virginia Mourning Her Dead. The statue was created by Moses Exekiel, a world-renowned sculptor who fought in the battle as a private in Company C.

In 2005, the gravestones of the six cadets interred at VMI were replaced, and memorial stones for the additional four cadets added. The original six tombstones were transferred to the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and installed here in 2006.
Placed ByShenandoah at War and Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 702651 N 4281806
Decimal Degrees38.66166667, -78.67088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.7', W 78° 40.253'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 42.00" N, 78° 40' 15.18" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8895 George R Collins Pkwy, New Market VA 22844, US
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