The Reenactment

The 2021 Reenactment has been cancelled. Please visit VMI's COVID-19 Info Portal for updates and further information.

The Virginia Museum of the Civil War has the distinction of holding the longest, continual reenactment in the United States, still held on original battlefield property. While our first event was in May of 1914, our biggest was in September of 1923 between VMI Cadets and United States Marines.

At the reenactment, you will witness hundreds of living historians from around the United States recreating a moment unique in American history and on the actual spot that event took place. 

The battle is best known for the heroic role played by young cadets from Virginia Military Institute, the youngest only 15 years old; but valor and bravery knew no age that day. It is their story you will learn during your visit.

Be sure to visit the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and historic Bushong farmstead, or have lunch at the various food vendors or shop at the many Civil War period merchants on site. Your reenactment admission ticket is good for all of the activities that day. Don’t forget to visit the Town of New Market with its many shops, restaurants, and businesses. 

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1914 Photo of New Market Reenactment

History of the Reenactment

Museum and Battlefield Park History

VMI Cadets

VMI in the Civil War

About the Battle

From left to right, photos of Cadet reenactments from 1914, 1923, 1964, and 2014

Reenactments from (left to right): 1914, 1923, 1964, and 2014