Field of Lost Shoes: Movie Review


Faced with war and what they’re fighting for, the cadets of VMI (Virginia Military Institute) showed tremendous courage at the Battle of New Market, 15 May 1864. Based on a true story, Field of Lost Shoes is beautifully shot, packed with a talented cast and crew, and will have you weeping for the young lives lost that day.

From beginning to end, you’ll feel as though you have taken a journey back in time. Walking along side the seven boys this movie is about… taking part in their boyhood antics, struggle with reality, and courage on the battlefield.


Focusing more on the boys, than the battle, you get a sense of what day-to-day life was like, or might have been, for the cadets. Young love, anger, and helping others, are all a part of the story told.

Though the cadets had been volunteered and sent to protect the valley, the decision to call upon them wasn’t an easy one; yet proved to be more effective than Breckenridge could have ever imagined.

The cadets chose to advance, overtaking the cannon, losing their shoes in the mud soaked field as they charged. Their bravery, their heroic actions, have not been forgotten. And for the first time, the Ceremony will be streamed live on the Web! See the flier below for more information.


In the midst of a prolonged and deadly American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln appoints a very different kind of general, Ulysses S. Grant, Chief of Union Forces. Grant acts decisively, bringing the bloody war to the pristine Shenandoah Valley, breadbasket of the South. The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute volunteers to send the Corps of Cadets to protect the valley. 274 young cadets from VMI march northward toward the strategic valley choke-point of New Market. On the day of battle, Confederate General John C. Breckenridge, former Vice President of the United States, and commander of southern forces in the Valley, is faced with a horrible decision. When Southern forces are jeopardized by the overwhelming Union numbers, he must consider sending the young cadets of VMI into battle.


About Kimberly Michele Durham


Posted on May 7, 2014, in Film Festival News, K*Chele Magazine, Movie Review, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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