It was a glorious May day at the White House of the Confederacy.  The fountain and shade make this a wonderful place to escape the surrounding city. The garden maintained by the President Davis Chapter is looking great! Thank you ladies!



vmiOn Friday, May 9, members of the Fincastle Chapter 797 United Daughters of the Confederacy and members of the extended Wood family marked the gravesite of Thomas Henry Wood in Glen Wilton. The ceremony was held in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market and was part of a nationwide effort to honor the graves of all New Market cadets. A wreath and flag were placed at the grave and an existing Iron Cross was cleaned and repainted.

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Wood was a private in Co. A of the Virginia Military Institute’s Corps of Cadets in the battle that took place on May 15, 1864. Two hundred fifty seven cadets were on the field, organized into a battalion of four companies of Infantry and one section of Artillery. Ten cadets were killed in battle or died later from the effects of their wounds; 45 were wounded. The youngest participating cadet was fifteen; the oldest twenty-five. Wood was 19 when he participated in the battle.

Thomas Henry Wood was born in 1844 near Old Locust Bottom and entered VMI in 1862. He served with the Corps of Cadets at New Market and in the trenches in Richmond. He was made an honorary graduate of the Class of 1867. Wood returned to farming at Locust Bottom, married Nannie Anderson in 1865, and had six children. He died in 1879.

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Members of the chapter also assisted the Richmond Chapter of VMI Alumni Association in marking the graves of New Market cadets in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. There are 37 cadets buried in the cemetery; one gravesite is unknown. Flowers, ribbons, and flags were placed at each grave. Sgt. William Henry Cabell was one of the ten cadets killed during the battle.

Group at William Henry Cabell gravesite


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