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    Battle of New Market: VMI Cadet Award Medal.
    Wonderful medal issued to commemorate the participation of VMI cadets in the Battle of New Market, Virginia on May 15,1864. The cadets, numbering 257, were organized into a battalion of four companies of infantry and one of artillery. Ten cadets died as a result of the battle while 45 were wounded and survived. The cadets were held in reserve until ordered by General Breckinridge to fill a gap and help repulse the Union advance of General Sigel. Colonel George S. Patton, Sr. commanded Echol's Brigade of Confederate soldiers. The Federal failure to secure the town and destroy railroads and lines of communication resulted in Sigel's replacement by David Hunter.

    The copper medal measures 1.5" x 2" overall. The hanger reads "For Valor". The drop has the state seal of Virginia and the words: "VMI Cadet Battalion New Market May 15 1864". The back is marked "V.M.I. Alumni Ass'n. To R. N. Locke". Robert Nelson Locke was one of the VMI cadets who participated in the battle. The medal was produced in 1904 and given to participants in the battle and to surviving family members of those killed in battle or no longer living. Excellent condition save for missing pin. We have been unable to source any other examples that have sold at auction.

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    June, 2017
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