The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is a state-funded military
academy founded in 1839. Located in the Shenandoah Valley town of Lexington, it was only the second governmental military
academy in the United States, after the United States Military Academy at West Point,
New York (founded in 1802), and represented increased educational opportunity for
non-elite southern men. Future Confederate generals Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and John McCausland were VMI
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