From the Richmond Whig, 5/25/1864, p. 1, c. 3
THE CADETS. - The corps of Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute, paraded on the Capital Square yesterday evening, and were reviewed by President Davis. All youthful as they are, they presented the sturdy appearance of war worn veterans. Their proud banner rent and torn by the bullets of the bloody field of New Market, fluttered proudly in the breeze. After the review by the President, the corps was drawn up in front of the Gubernatorial mansion, and were addressed by Governor Smith, who welcomed them to the Capital of the State and Country, and complimented them upon their gallant conduct in their late encounter with the invader in the great Valley of Virginia.
The Cadets have been assigned to duty under Brig. Gen. Custis Lee.