New Market: May 15, 1864 in Primary Sources

Today is the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market.

Today, I’m actually in Lexington, Virginia, at Virginia Military Institute for the New Market Ceremony which is a special memorial observation. Before leaving for the book tour of Call Out The Cadets, we recorded an anniversary video.

I love primary sources. There’s nothing quite like hearing about events in the words of those who were really there. Today’s video features photographs and voice-overs for the primary sources along with a little interpretation. I hope you will find it interesting and an appropriate way to commemorate the battle anniversary.

May 15, 1864 in Primary Sources

Video Highlights

  • Excerpt from Cadet Jack Standard’s last letter
  • Excerpts from Cadet John Wise’s End of an Era
  • Excerpt from 54th Pennsylvania Report
  • Citation for Sergeant Burns’s Medal of Honor citation
  • Excerpt from Capt. Henry DuPont’s artillery memoirs

Thanks for watching!

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

P.S. Check out Gazette665’s Facebook page later today or tomorrow for photographs from VMI.

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