New Market FAQ

How many cadets fought in the battle? Were any cadets killed or wounded?
257 cadets took part in the battle; 10 cadets were killed in action or died later as a result of wounds received; 45 cadets were wounded.

What was cadet life like during the war?
See these online collections of cadet letters and diaries.

What did a New Market cadet uniform look like?
This portrait of New Market Cadet Benjamin Colonna provides the best depiction of the cadet uniform.

What kind of weapon did a New Market cadet carry ?
Of the 257 VMI cadets participating in the battle, around 200 carried the Austrian Lorenz rifle; the remainder carried the Model 1851 Cadet Springfield musket.

I read about Cadet William McDowell in The Ghost Cadet, but it's a work of fiction. Where can I find out more about the real William McDowell?
Information about Willie McDowell is available on our website

How old were the cadets who fought at New Market ?
Although the ages ranged from 15 to 25, most cadets were between 17 and 21 years old-- that is, very similar in age to today's college students.  The youngest cadet was Lewis S. Davis (15 years, 0 months, 28 days); the oldest was James S. Larrick (25 years, 8 months, 16 days).

Where can I find a list of New Market cadets ?
Use our Online Rosters Database; type the search term New Market in the keyword search box.

Do you have a map of the battlefield?
This map was created by battle veteran Benajmin Colonna after extensive research.