The Use Of The Virginia Military Institute Corps Of Cadets As A Military Unit Before And During The War Between The States (The American Civil War)
During the Civil War, the Confederate government passed legislation creating a national military academy and establishing the rank of Cadet. The national military college was unnecessary because the Confederacy already possessed numerous state military colleges. However, the Confederate government failed to properly engage these individual state schools by providing curriculum recommendations or c...
Series: The American Civil War
Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Amazon Rank: 4219770
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This was a quick read but very interesting. I live fairly close to Lexington but never knew the lack of support that VMI had from the Confederate Government and to some extent the Virginia Government....
g their graduates. This shortsighted and domineering attitude by the Confederate government ensured that the military colleges failed in their mission to produce a large number of officers for the Confederate army. It was the state governments (especially Virginia and South Carolina), not the Confederacy, that realized the importance that military colleges in the Confederacy and kept them operating with very little Confederate support. Virginia made a conscious decision to keep VMI open, not as a short term ’officer candidate school,’ but with her four-year military and academic curriculum intact. Supporting the school both militarily and financially, VMI produced the most officers of the southern military colleges for service in the Confederate army. Additionally, the cadets themselves were used as a military unit by the Confederate and state governments numerous times in the war.