VMI seeking descendants of cadets from 1864 battle

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NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Military Institute is seeking descendants of cadets who fought at the Civil War Battle of New Market. The 150th anniversary of one of the key battles of the Shenandoah Valley is this May and VMI is tracking down the descendants for a re-enactment of the battle. Any descendant — Union, Confederate or VMI cadet — is invited to attend the re-enactment free of charge.

The battle was fought by Confederate and Union units from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. A 1964 VMI graduate, Ken Dice, has identified nearly 1,000 descendants of cadets who fought at New Market. Ten cadets either died on the battlefield or of wounds they suffered. They were called to battle to shore up the Confederate position.

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