Virginia Military Institute Newsletter, Volume XLI, Number VII, April 2013
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Funding Approved for Physical Training Facilities
Funding has been approved for both phases of the $122 million Corps
Physical Training Facilities project, which will include the construction of
an indoor training facility across Diamond Street from Cameron Hall as
well as the renovation of Cocke Hall and Cormack Hall.
“The project has been authorized, and now the next step is lining up
the money with the authorization,” said Lt. Col. Dallas Clark ’99, Institute
The indoor training facility, accessible via a pedestrian bridge from
the South Institute Hill parking area, was designed to complement existing post architecture.
The design phases are scheduled to be complete this fall, and
groundbreaking on the new facility will begin in early 2014. Construction
of both phases is expected to be complete within three to four years.
The first phase will consist of an indoor training facility that will provide
the Corps a highly adaptable space to be used by the physical education
department, the commandant’s office, ROTC departments, and various
Exhibit Will Mark 150th
Anniversary of Jackson’s Death
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall”
Jackson’s death and burial, preparations are under way to commemorate
the legacy of the eccentric VMI professor who had become a war hero by
the time of his death at age 39 in 1863.
Beginning May 1 and continuing through the end of September, the VMI
Museum will offer a new exhibit of artifacts related to Jackson’s death
and burial. The exhibit, “Fourteen Days in May: T.J. Jackson’s Wounding,
Death, and Burial,” draws its title from the 14 days that elapsed between
Jackson’s wounding by his own men at the battle of Chancellorsville on
May 2, 1863, and his burial in Lexington on May 15 of that year.
To mark the anniversary of these events, the VMI museum system will
sponsor a lecture by Frank O’Reilly, a National Park Service historian with
ties to Lexington. O’Reilly’s talk will begin at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 19,
in Jackson Memorial Hall. That hour was chosen, said Col. Keith Gibson,
executive director of the VMI museum system, because Jackson died at
3:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 1863.
“Frank began his career as an historian by acting as a weekend tour
guide at the Stonewall Jackson House while he was an undergraduate at
Washington and Lee [University],” noted Michael Lynn, site director of