A four-day, multi-faceted commemoration, beginning on Thursday, May 15, is planned for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market, Va., with participation by the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, where the battlefield is located, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF), which last year opened its headquarters in New Market and the town itself.
The New Market Battle is mostly remembered for the unusual circumstances of 250 Virginia Military Institute (VMI) cadets being called in from Lexington, Va. to support veteran Confederate forces and the heroism the young men showed on the battlefield.
On May 15, the Women’s Memorial Society of New Market will hold its 147th ceremony at St. Matthew Church Cemetery to honor the local men who died in the military service of the Confederacy. The public is invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. wreath-laying at a monument erected by the Society in 1898 followed by a brief talk and several musical selections. Cadets from VMI will provide a Color Guard.
At the museum, lectures, books signings and walking tours will be offered all three days. Battle reenactments are scheduled for May 17 at 2:30 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m.
At the SVBF, on May 16, Civil War music will be played all day and a demonstration of basket making is offered. On May 17, plans call for youth programs including armament demonstrations and readings between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. followed by portrayals of Civil War residents.