Young Lions

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"The Young Lions is the story of the Southern cadets at four major military colleges during the Civil War - the Georgia Military Institute, the South Carolina Military Academy (Columbia's Arsenal campus and the Citadel in Charleston), the University of Alabama, and the Virgnia Military Institute. It is also the story of the Confederate government's lack of a cohesive policy toward military colleges and its failure to adequately support the institutions that fostered its officer troops." This study is the first thorough examination of the
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"The Young Lions is the story of the Southern cadets at four major military colleges during the Civil War - the Georgia Military Institute, the South Carolina Military Academy (Columbia's Arsenal campus and the Citadel in Charleston), the University of Alabama, and the Virgnia Military Institute. It is also the story of the Confederate government's lack of a cohesive policy toward military colleges and its failure to adequately support the institutions that fostered its officer troops." This study is the first thorough examination of the interrelationship and common challenges of the South's major military colleges, giving a detailed history of these Southern institutions. James Lee Conrad discusses the cadets' day-to-day lives as well as the academic and military systems of the schools. From the opening of the Virginia Military Institute in 1839 through the struggles of all the schools to remain open during the war, the death of Stonewall Jackson, and the Pyrrhic victory of the Battle of New Market to the burning of the University of Alabama, Conrad reveals the everyday heroism of cadets both on and off and the battlefield.
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Editorial Reviews

Georgia Historical Quarterly
A very useful look at the contributions of Southern cadets to the Confederate war effort and the best account of the experiences of underage soldiers in either army during the Civil War.
Journal of Southern History
James Lee Conrad has skillfully told a lively and poignant tale of a much-neglected topic.
Military Review
Conrad’s book is rich in detail, with names, facts, and dates telling a comprehensive story of these "boy soldiers."
Library Journal
The Virginia Military Academy, which later became the Virginia Military Institute (VMI); the South Carolina Military Academy; the Georgia Military Academy; and the University of Alabama Corps of Cadets all served a vital role in preparing raw recruits for the military. They also served as de facto "West Points" for the South, and their graduates made up the majority of Confederate field officers. This is a detailed history of these schools and their role in the Civil War. It is also a very readable account of the problems involved in keeping the schools open during the war and the part that young students played. Conrad, a graduate of VMI, has divided his work in sections by year, and within each year he gives a detailed account of events at each institution, as well as any engagements in which its cadets participated. Recommended for all Civil War collections.W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston (ret.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570035753
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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