The Young Lions: Confederate Cadets at War

The Young Lions: Confederate Cadets at War

by James Lee Conrad


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Focusing on the South’s four major military colleges—the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), the South Carolina Military Academy (later The Citadel), the Georgia Military Institute, and the University of Alabama—The Young Lions is the story of young Confederate military cadets at war. From the opening of VMI in 1839 through the struggles of all the schools to remain open during the war, the death of Stonewall Jackson (a VMI professor), and the Pyrrhic victory of the Battle of New Market to the burning of the University of Alabama in 1865, this book reveals the everyday dramatic actions of cadets on battlefield and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811738026
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Lee Conrad is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, the Cumberland School of Law, and the National Law Center at George Washington University. His work has been published in Civil War Times and America’s Civil War. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Schools of the Citizen-Soldier 1

Chapter 2 1861-Secession and Service 29

Chapter 3 1862-Transformations and Troubles 47

Chapter 4 1863-Coming of Age 63

Chapter 5 1864-"The Glory of…the Year 64" 85

Chapter 6 1865-"Come Retribution" 129

Chapter 7 "Entitled to All the Honor of Soldiers" 151

Chapter 8 Reconstruction 161

Notes 169

Bibliography 186

Index 191

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