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Battle of New Market Chess Set:

Original 54mm metal toy soldier chess set featuring charging VMI cadets by Frontline Figures.  The set also includes a VMI cadet flagbearer, also by Frontline Figures.

The Union pieces feature pawns by Britains and reflect the 54th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and 34th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment that were part of General Franz Sigel's forces at the Battle of New Market.

   Boombag Art by Matt Daniel



  Great drawings by artist Matt Daniel, VMI '85.  If you are interested in any of
. his prints, click here or visit his Facebook page: Boombag Art.



In the spring of 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant set in motion a grand strategy designed to press the Confederacy into submission. "My primary mission," reasoned Grant, "is to ... bring pressure to bear on the Confederacy so no longer could it take advantage of interior lines." Control of the strategically important and agriculturally rich Shenandoah Valley was a key element in General Grant's plans. While he confronted General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in the eastern part of the state, Grant ordered Major General Franz Sigel's army of 10,000 to secure the Valley and threaten Lee's flank, starting the Valley Campaigns of 1864.

Receiving word that the Union Army had entered the Valley, Confederate General John C. Breckinridge pulled together all available forces to repulse the latest threat. The VMI Cadet Corps, over half of whom were first year students, or "Rats", were called to join Breckinridge and his army of 4,500 veterans. The cadets, under the direction of VMI Commandant of Cadets Lt. Col. Scott Ship, marched 80 miles (130 km) in four days to meet up with General Breckinridge's Confederate force. The cadets were intended to be a reserve and employed in battle only under the most dire circumstances. The two armies met at New Market on May 15, 1864. "I shall advance on him", the aggressive Breckinridge declared. "We can attack and whip them here and we will do it!" As the general rode by the cadets he shouted, "Gentlemen, I trust I will not need your services today; but if I do, I know you will do your duty."



5th New York Zouaves and 1st Texas Brigade

Coming this year (2018), the Battle of 2nd Manassas with the 5th New York Zouaves and Hood's Division of Texas Brigades in 54mm metal. 



         Mexican Army Pawn               Colonel Travis 

Texas Battle for Independence - The Alamo

Coming in 2nd half of 2019






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