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The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing… Psalm 34:10

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
And thou shalt come up against my people, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Academic Seal of the Virginia Military Institute

The young lions : Confederate cadets at war    Mechanicsburg, Pa. : Stackpole Books, c 1997  James Lee Conrad Military cadets Confederate States of America Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 198 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-190) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG  

“In making soldiers of them,” said Confederate President Jefferson Davis regarding the mobilization of his nation’s youths. “we are grinding the seed corn.” Yet the bloodv millstones of war ground them nevertheless, and nowhere more noticeably than at the Confederacy’s “West Points.”

Great Seal of the Citadel during restoration

The myth of the southern cadets is one of untrained boy’s wastefullv flung in the path of Yankee armies in a Confederate gotterdammerung. The reality is one of highlv trained voung men who rendered valuable service from the earliest davs of the war. and when confronted with the enemy on the battlefield, acquitted themselves as well as veteran troops.

Focusing on the Confederacy’s four major military colleges — the Virginia Mili­tary Institute, the South Carolina Military Academy, the Georgia Military Institute, and the University of Alabama — THE YOUNG LIONS is the story of the cadets and their schools at war. It is also the story of the Con­federate government’s lack of a cohesive policy toward military colleges and its fail­ure to adequately support these training institutions for its officer corps.

The Georgia Military Institute – another college burned for the sake of yankee reprisals!

This new study is the first thorough examination of the interrelationships and common challenges of the South’s major military colleges, giving a detailed history of these Southern institutions. The author discusses the cadets’ day-to-day lives as well as the academic and military systems of the schools. From the opening of the Virginia Militan’ Institute in 1839 through the struggles of all the schools to remain open during the war. the death of Stonewall Jackson, and the Pyrrhic victory of the Battle of New Market to the burning of the University of Alabama, this book will reveal the everyday heroism of the cadets on and off the battlefield.

In the center of the campus and immediately in front of the approaching Federals, about eighty-five yards away from the main road, stood the Rotunda, home of the University’s library and natural history collection. Standing in front of the Rotunda were several members of the faculty, including André Deloffre, University librarian and professor of French and Spanish, and Dr. William S. Wyman, professor of Latin and Greek. Colonel Johnston, mounted on a white horse (it was said he sat stiffly), approached the group and made his purpose known. The University was to be burned.
Librarian Deloffre pleaded for the library. Surely this one building could be spared. Colonel Johnston agreed that it would be senseless destruction to burn one of the finest libraries in the South. Hurriedly he scrawled a message to General Croxton asking permission to spare the building, noting that it had no military value. No record exists of the conversation between Johnston and the professors as they waited for a reply, though Dr. Wyman later described Johnston as a “man of culture and literary taste.”
When at last the courier returned, the general’s answer was disheartening. “My orders leave me no discretion,” wrote Croxton. “My orders are to destroy all public buildings.”
What happened next has become a part of the University of Alabama’s mythic fabric. It is said that Colonel Johnston, lamenting the destruction of such a fine library, decided to salvage one volume as a memento. Perhaps he sent one of his aides, or perhaps he sent Librarian Deloffre, or perhaps he went himself, to take one book from the library. The book saved was an English translation of The Koran: Commonly Called The Alcoran Of Mohammed, published in Philadelphia in 1853.


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