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Books about VMI History

If you cannot find these books in your local library, ask your librarian about interlibrary loan. You may also be interested in our Stonewall Jackson bibliography.

  • Barrett, John G., Letters of a New Market Cadet, Beverly Stanard. University of North Carolina Press, 1961.
  • Brodie, Laura Fairchild., Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women. Pantheon Books, 2000.
  • Conrad, James Lee. The Young Lions: Confederate Cadets at War. Stackpole Books, 1997.
  • Couper, William. The VMI New Market Cadets. The Michie Co., 1933; and One Hundred Years at VMI. Garrett and Massie, 1939, 4 vols. The detailed history of the Institute from 1839-1939.
  • Davis, Thomas W., The Corps Roots the Loudest. A History of VMI Athletics. University Press of Virginia, 1986.
  • Davis, Thomas W. (editor). A Crowd of Honorable Youths: historical essays on the first 150 years of the Virginia Military Institute. VMI Alumni Association, 1988.
  • Davis, William C. The Battle of New Market. New York, Doubleday, 1975.
  • Jacob, Diane B., and Judith M. Arnold. A Virginia Military Institute Album, 1839-1910. University Press of Virginia, 1982. A photographic history.
  • Knight, Charles. Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market and the Opening of the Shenandoah Campaign, May 1864. Savas Beatie, 2010
  • Lewis, Thomas A. The Shenandoah in Flames, the Valley Campaign of 1864. Time-Life Books Civil War Series, 1987. Includes information about VMI and the Battle of New Market.
  • McMurry, Richard M. Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War. H.E. Howard, Lynchburg, VA, 1999.
  • Morrow, Daniel S. Murder in Lexington. VMI, Honor and Justice in Antebellum Virginia. The History Press, 2013.
  • Shaffner, Randolph P. The Father of Virginia Military Institute: A Biography of Colonel J. T. L. Preston, CSA. McFarland, 2014.
  • Smith, Francis H. The Virginia Military Institute, its building and re-building. (History of the Virginia Military Institute)J.P. Bell Co., Lynchburg, Va., 1912.
  • Strum, Phillipa. Women in Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights. Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2002.
  • Walker, Charles D. Memorial, Virginia Military Institute. J.B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1875. Biographical sketches of alumni who died in the Civil War.
  • Wise, Henry A. Drawing Out the Man. The VMI Story. University Press of Virginia, 1978.
  • Wise, Jennings C. The Military History of the Virginia Military Institute from 1839 to 1865. J.P. Bell Co., Lynchburg, Va., 1915.