From the Richmond Whig, 5/17/1864, p. 1, c. 1


The following official despatch was received at the War Department at a late hour Sunday night:

NEW MARKET, May 15, 1864, 7 P. M.

To Gen. S. Cooper:

This morning, two miles above New Market, my command met the enemy under Gen. Sigel, advancing up the Valley, and defeated him with heavy loss.

The section has just closed at Shenandoah river. The enemy fled across the North fork of the Shenandoah, burning the bridge behind him.

Major General Commanding.

New Market is in Shenandoah county, on the McAdam road, a little more than half way from Winchester to Staunton. The points at which the fight opened and closed are a fraction over nine miles apart; showing the completeness of the rout, and the extent of the pursuit.

We were unable to obtain any further particulars of this victory, except the announcement contained in the following telegram, received last evening by Gov. Smith:

STAUNTON, May 16, 1864

To Gen. W. H. Richardson, A. G.:

The corps of Cadets were with General Breckinridge in the fight with Sigel, yesterday, at New Market, and behaved splendidly. They lost five killed and fifteen wounded, to wit: Cadets Corbell, Jones, Crockett, McDowell and Stanard killed, and Cadets Garnett, Stuart, Hill, Randolph, Johnson, Dillard, Berkeley, Wise, Triplett, Marshall, Shriver, Watson, Reid, Turner and Whitson wounded.

Major and Quartermaster.

The corps of Cadets is composed of the flower of the youth of Virginia, and has always been justly regarded as one of the best drilled and disciplined military organization in the country. We can easily conceive that their share in the action contributed essentially to the brilliant success of the day. The gallant young fellows have won a title to the thanks of the country, and the memory of those who have fallen will be cherished for many long years in the archives of the Institute, and in the hears of its friends. 

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