For Reenactors

LaGrange Military Academy

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Course of Study

First Year - Fourth Class
Military Structure (Military Science)
Cadets will become familiar with military ranks of both the Union and Confederate armies, as well as for the Corps of Cadets. Cadets will also become familiar with the structure of the army, from a single file to the army itself. - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

Light Infantry Tactics (Military Science)
Cadets will learn and become proficient in “Rifle & Light Infantry Tactics” by Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel William J. Hardee. They will learn School of the Soldier, School of the Company, and School of the Battalion. - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

Antebellum History of the Tennessee Valley (History)
Cadets will study the pre-war history of the Tennessee Valley.

Camp Life (Engineering)
Cadets will learn how to set up and maintain a camp in both campaign and garrison. - First Sergeant Andrew Sprinkle, professor

Penmanship & Writing (Literature)
Cadets will learn Spencerian Script writing, as well as the basic structure of common letters, diary entrees, and official reports. - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

Social Rules of Behavior (Social Etiquette)
Cadets will learn basic social etiquette rules for dining, dance, and everyday life. - Ms. Jeanne Wonders Kritner, professor

Second Year - Third Class
Duties of Rank (Military Science)
Cadets will learn the responsibilities of each rank. - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

Infantry Tactics (Military Science)
In addition to continued training in Hardee’s Rifle & Light Infantry Tactics, Cadets will now become familiar with the subtle differences of Hardee’s Rifle & Infantry Tactics, as well as Brigadier General Silas Casey’s Infantry Tactics. - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

Antebellum Political History (History)
Cadets will study the pre-war political history of the United States.

Basic Engineering (Engineering)
Cadets will learn basic construction of fences, trenches, and fortifications.

American Literature (Literature)
Cadets will read one assigned book written by an American author.

Dancing (Social Etiquette)
Cadets will learn period dancing styles, along with the popular music of the day. - Ms. Jeanne Wonders Kritner, professor

Third Year - Second Class
Administrative Duties of Command (Military Science)
Cadets will learn the administrative responsibilities of command, both period and modern. - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

Winfield Scott's Infantry Tactics (Military Science)
In addition to continued training in the previous Infantry tactics, Cadets will now become familiar with Major General Winfield Scott’s Infantry Tactics, as well as a discussion on the origin of American Infantry tactics prior to the War of 1861 - Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor

War in the West (History)
Cadets will study the military campaigns in the Western Theater of the War of 1861.

Map Reading & Drawing (Engineering)
Cadets will learn how to read and draw period style topographical maps.

British Literature (Literature)
Cadets will read one assigned book written by a British author.

Fencing (Social Etiquette)
Cadets will learn basic fencing techniques in epee and saber.

Fourth Year - First Class
Campaign Strategy (Military Science)
Cadets will learn the responsibilities of planning, maintaining, and hosting a successful reenactment and living history event.

Basics of Field Artillery (Military Science)
In addition to continued training in the previous infantry tactics, Cadets will now become familiar with Artillery tactics from every position of a cannon.

Military History (History)
Cadets will study the history of the War of 1812, the Napoleonic Wars, the Mexican-American War, the Crimean War, and the various Indian Wars occurring in the antebellum period.

Basic Musket Repair (Engineering)
Cadets will learn how to do basic repair work on period percussion muskets.

French Literature (Literature)
Cadets will read one assigned book written by a French author, translated into English.

Apprenticeship (Social Etiquette)
Cadets must choose a course in a specialized impression, including but not limited to; tailor, blacksmith, carpenter, cook, newspaper printer, lawyer, farmer, doctor, preacher, or any other course that may be available at that time.
- Ms. Diane Stone, professor of tailoring
- Major Grady Garton, professor of medicine
- Captain Matthew Joe Mallory, professor of law