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VMI cadets and alumni played instrumental roles in the American Civil War.On 14 occasions, the Confederacy called cadets into active military engagements.In 1851 Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a member of the faculty and professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy.Under Jackson, then a major, and Major William Gilham, VMI infantry and artillery units were present at the execution by hanging of John Brown at Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1859.Upon seeing the tide of battle turning in favor of the Union forces, Breckinridge stated, "Put the boys in..may God forgive me for the order." The VMI cadets held the line and eventually pushed forward, capturing a Union artillery emplacement, securing victory for the Confederates.The Union troops were withdrawn and Confederate troops under General Breckinridge held the Shenandoah Valley.VMI offers cadets strict military discipline combined with a spartan, physically and academically demanding environment.The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts.
With few exceptions, there have been sentinels posted at VMI every hour of every day of the school year. Living conditions were poor until 1850 when the cornerstone of the new barracks was laid.
VMI produced many of America's commanders in World War II. The VMI campus covers 134 acres (54 ha), 12 of which are designated as the Virginia Military Institute Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The campus is referred to as the "Post," a tradition that reflects the school's military focus and the uniformed service of its alumni.
On 12 June 1864 Union forces under the command of General David Hunter shelled and burned the Institute as part of the Valley Campaigns of 1864.
The destruction was almost complete and VMI had to temporarily hold classes at the Alms House in Richmond, Virginia. Army commander, the commander of Allied Air Forces of the Southwest Pacific and various corps and division commanders in the Army and Marine Corps.