Report of Lt. Col. Scott Shipp after the Battle of New Market, Virginia. Transcription. [Digital]
- Shipp, Scott, 1839-1917 (Person)
Report of VMI Commandant Scott Shipp providing details about the cadets' participation in the Civil War Battle of New Market, Virginia on May 15, 1864.
Biographical / Historical
Scott Shipp (1839-1917) commanded the Corps of Cadets at the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864. Shipp graduated from VMI in 1859; taught Latin, Mathematics, and Tactics; served as Commandant of Cadets from 1862-89; and as the Institute's second Superintendent from 1890-1907.
Existence and Location of Originals
This report appears in the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (O.R.)-Series I, Vol. 37, pt. 1, pp. 89-91. The VMI Archives does not hold the original manuscript report, but it has been widely reprinted in Institute records. Col. William Couper (VMI Class of 1904 and VMI Historian for many years), discovered the original report in Washington DC government records in 1938, but did not leave a complete citation or specific location information. Some information about his discovery is located in the William Couper Papers.