Focusing on the South’s four major military collegesthe Virginia Military Institute (VMI), the South Carolina Military Academy (later The Citadel), the Georgia Military Institute, and the University of AlabamaThe 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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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
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