HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV Lots of people will head to New Market for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market.
All week long, organizers have been planning for the crowd. Major Troy Marshall, with the Virginia Museum of Civil War, said they expect more than 10,000 visitors.
In honor of the events, cadet reenactors walked 86 miles from Virginia Military Institute to New Market. The drums were beating as the reenactors retraced the same steps made by those who came before them, 150 years ago.
"Even though it is hard for us, it was harder for them. I honestly don't know how anyone could do it without a water break every two miles," said Spencer Allen, a cadet at VMI.
He said, between the heat and the wool clothing, the walk was extremely difficult.
"When you are about to pass out from the heat and you haven't had water, that's when you really feel like you're fighting a war, not just reenacting," said Allen.
He said, living and breathing it, gives the current VMI cadets a much greater appreciation of what the war really meant.
Marshall said, they also plan to have several hundred descendants of VMI cadets.
Gary Cunningham has family who fought at the battle. He said the sounds of the reenactment will connect him with his ancestors.
"When those canons go off, that will always make you relate to something in the past," said Cunningham.
As Cunningham waits for the soldiers to take their position, he said every step will bring him that much closer to his ancestors.
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