"I cannot speak too highly of these youths, who go into a fight
as cheerfully as they would enter a ball-room, and with the cadence
and steadiness of veterans." Major General Henry C. Wayne, CSA
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The Georgia Military Institute (GMI) was located in Marietta, Georgia, and began classes in 1851. By 1861, 150 Cadets -- all younger than 18 -- were commanded by Maj. Francis W. Capers. On May 13, 1864, they left for active duty in the service of the Confederate army.
GMI school buildings were used by Sherman's men during the Atlanta Campaign, who subsequently burned them.
Two bronze cannon of GMI are now located on the north steps of the Georgia Capitol.
Only the Canton of their First National Flag remains, and is on display with the Georgia State Capitol Confederate Flag Collection.
Cadet Robert L. Rodgers presented a copy of the roster that he prepared in 1905 to each surviving Cadet and Officer. The following transcript is from a photocopy of an original roster given to my great grandfather, John Isham Dorsey, who is listed as Cadet J. Dorsey.
I have made every effort to ensure accuracy, but I would appreciate any corrections or omissions being brought to my attention.
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