New Market: Battle’s Afterstory

When the fighting ended on May 15, 1864, and the Union army retreated from New Market, who took care of the injured? Civilians took a major role in the immediate aftermath situation and also in the memory of the battle in later decades.

This week’s video focuses on some stories about three civilian women, New Market’s memory of the battle, and how the battle’s veterans later re-fought it on paper, creating an impressive primary source record.

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Lydie Clinedinst: “Mother of the New Market Cadets”

Eliza “Lydie” Clinedinst

She wanted to witness history – not wait in the cellar. She helped care for wounded cadets. She helped to write New Market memory of the battle. She helped ensure that “her cadets” had their place in history. She wrote letters, and she had conversations about history.

By the end of her life, thousands knew about her and wanted to hear her stories about the Battle of New Market. Through her compassion and commitment, Lydie Clinedinst Crim became “Mother of the New Market Cadets” and guaranteed that their memory and her name would be linked in Civil War history.

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