On the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we share The Citadel Memorial in Europe's post, A Day That Will Live in Infamy.
Thank you to Roger Long, '89, for his work! Photo via wikipedia.com
The only enrolled cadet to be killed in action during the Civil War was W.J.B. Patterson, Class of 1865, who died on December 7, 1864 as a result of injuries at the Battle of Tulifinny. He was buried in his family’s plot in an unmarked grave in Magnolia Cemetery on December 17, 1864. The Fort Sumter Civil War Round Table obtained a marker from the Veterans Administration, dedicated on November 14, 2021.
The engagement at Tulifinny Creek is of historic importance because it involved the deployment of the entire Battalion of State Cadets from The Citadel and Arsenal Academies as an independent military unit engaged in armed combat with Union forces. In December of 1864, the Governor of South Carolina ordered the Battalion of State Cadets from The Citadel and Arsenal to deploy to Tulifinny Creek south of Charleston to reinforce Confederate troops defending a key railroad bridge against a much larger advancing Union force. On December 7, the Battalion of State Cadets, along with Confederate militia units from North and South Carolina and Georgia, engaged a much larger Union force in pitched battle for several hours, advancing against rifle and cannon fire and forcing the federal troops back to their entrenchments. On December 9, the battalion of cadets successfully repulsed a Union counter-attack on their defensive position by the railroad trestle with their disciplined rifle fire. The Battalion of State Cadets suffered eight casualties in the engagement, including one killed, and were commended by Major General Samuel Jones, CSA, Commanding General of South Carolina and Georgia Departments, for their gallantry under fire. A mural depicting the December 9th engagement at the Tulifinny Creek railroad trestle is on display in the Daniel Library.
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Now is the time to join The Citadel Alumni Association. Annual members and alumni who are not yet members of The CAA should be receiving our annual membership letter. Please use the lower portion of that letter to join by mail or visit citadelalumni.org/join to find additional information and to sign up online.
Thank you to Robert Fielitz, '91, for his participation in this video!
The Citadel Club of Greater Washington DC hosted The Citadel Commandant of Cadets Col Tom Gordon, USMC, Ret., '91, at their monthly no-host social.
Consider the gift of travel in 2023. Our travel partners, GoNext and AHI Travel, offer wonderful opportunities to CAA members, their families and friends to see the world with other Citadel Alumni. Visit them for more information and itineraries.
Come out tomorrow, December 3, at 1 PM and support The Citadel Basketball as they take on The College of Charleston. Go Dogs!
The Christmas Candlelight Service will be held on the evenings of December 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7:30 PM and will feature cadets from the Protestant, Catholic, Gospel Choirs, Chorale and members of The Citadel Regimental Band.
View the 2018 service at youtu.be/gcuTrt4bwAg.
For more information: go.citadel.edu/chapel/christmas-candlelight-service/
The late COL Philip Minges, Jr., USAR, Ret., '48, was born on December 1, 1923. He was interviewed in 2008 as part of The Charleston Oral History Program. "Minges reflects on his combat experience during the Battle of the Bulge when he had to try to dig a foxhole under fire in frozen ground. In his first battle, only three men of a 12-man squad, Minges and two others, came through unharmed."
No gift compares to the connection to their alma mater and their classmates your Cadet will receive with a gift of Life Membership in The Citadel Alumni Association. Purchase now at our discounted Current Student Membership price of $400.00 at citadelalumni.org/join.
November 30, 1958: The Colonel Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The Citadel on the Isle of Palms is dedicated.
Today is ! Join us in celebrating the Global Day of Giving and honor the tradition of generosity during the holiday season by giving back to The Citadel on this year!
Make your gift: https://bit.ly/3VhOXTm
This distinguished fighter-bomber is dedicated to The Citadel graduates who lost their lives during the Southeast Asia Conflict. It was flown on its final flight to Charleston Air Force Base on 29 November 1986 by Lt Gen Buck Shuler, '59, and Garry Chesnutt, '81.
From The Historical Marker Database, hmdb.org
The Olde School Blazer Company offers a line of Citadel Tartan blazers, scarves, and caps, allowing you to show off your Bulldog pride in style.
You will find their Citadel items at https://www.oldeschoolblazer.com/schools/citadel/.
Olde School Blazer Co. offers beautiful hand crafted The Citadel gifts to share or keep for yourself this holiday season! From gift cards, to bespoke blazers, toiles, and cashmere, silk, or wool accessories, Olde School has a diverse selection of heirloom quality pieces at various price points. Olde School is still offering toiles at a discount of 70% through the end of 2022 -- so it is the perfect time to gift or enjoy that bespoke, custom experience. Wear Your Colors!
Balfour manufactures The Citadel Ring and offers miniature rings, wedding bands, charm bracelets and pendants. Eligible Alumni may purchase those at citadelalumni.org/ring.
Balfour also has a line of The Citadel jewelry and merchandise. Visit Balfour.com and search The Citadel.
"According to reports, the cornerstone of the College Building was laid on a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1920, by the Grand Mason of Masons in South Carolina, in an imposing ceremony that included a parade of 2,200 Masons in their full regalia and an audience of over 5,000, including several hundred alumni." ---The Citadel: A Brief History
Carolina Flag and Banner (now Bob’s Flags) is a licensed manufacturer of Big Red Flags. Visit bobsflags.com and search The Citadel.
The Citadel and the Holliday Alumni Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Office will also be closed from December 22, 2022, through January 2, 2023.
The Citadel Bookstore has an wide variety of merchandise and has a Friends and Family Sale running November 23 - November 28. Use code FRIENDSANDFAMILY at bkstr.com/thecitadelstore/home?cm_mmc=Digital-_-AlumniAssoc-_-HolidaySale112022-_-2246.
Long Gray Line Napa Valley has launched The Long Gray Line Wine Club, featuring a new line of Citadel wines. Twice a year, club members will receive a handcrafted, fire-branded crate containing premium wines from Fairwinds Estate Winery. Purchase a subscription, longgraylinenapa.com, or give a unique gift package longgraylinenapa.com/holiday-gifting/.
The Citadel Brigadier Foundation
The Alumni Office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you plan to stop by the office on Wednesday, November 23, please call 843-953-7696 before Wednesday to be sure the person you are visiting will be available.
The Citadel and the Holliday Alumni Center will also be closed from December 22, 2022, through January 2, 2023.
November 21, 2015: The Citadel Football beats the University of South Carolina, 23-22.
In case you missed it: The Silver Shako remains in Charleston this year! The Citadel defeated VMI 26-22.
The1842.com creates handcrafted boxes and other products from the finest wood, including The Citadel Box, which would make a beautiful gift for The Citadel fans on your shopping list. Find them at the1842.com.
The first cadets graduated from The Citadel Academy on November 20, 1846, with six cadets receiving diplomas.
Only 30 more years until the opening of the time capsule in the Holliday Alumni Center. The capsule was embedded in the newly opened Alumni Center on November 19, 2002.
The Association of Graduates (now named The Citadel Alumni Association), was organized at a meeting at The Citadel on Marion Square on November 19, 1852. Happy 170th!
Big Red Palmetto, operated by Richard Blanton, ’75, is a licensed provider of Citadel apparel, accessories and home goods, including Christmas decor and ornaments. Shop at bigredpalmetto.com.
The Citadel and VMI have met on the football field every year since World War II, except in no match-up years 1956, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Sword and Sash Bourbon is back in stock!
For all orders shipping outside of Virginia, please visit ironcladdistillery.com/ship
In Virginia: ironcladdistillery.com/store/sword-sash-small-batch-bourbon-whiskey?fbclid=IwAR0LEXczNFkntXzdBqvc37B9u_QbFkB9ULgEIOchXjLsGNJf3FvtbeLhfrg
Charleston Police Department Sgt. W. Joseph Villeneuve, '10, graduated from the S.C. Army National Guard Officer Candidate School.
In the past The Citadel's football team has been coached by a VMI alumnus, Bobby Ross (center), and VMI's team has been coached by a Citadel grad, Cal McCombs, '67 (left).
For your Holiday shopping, The Citadel Bookstore is offering two sales. This week's sale is 20% off League, Legacy + Drinkware, which runs through November 17. Check back on November 23 for next week's sale. This week visit bkstr.com/thecitadelstore/shop/collectibles/drinkware?cm_sp=GlobalFY23-_-PersistentComponentDrinkwareSale-_-2246?cm_mmc=Digital-_-AlumniAssoc-_-LeagueSale112022-_-2246.
Our next Citadel holiday gift suggestion is Sword and Sash Bourbon from Ironclad Distillery in Newport News, Va. Distilled for The Citadel from Virginia corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. Aged over two summers in new, charred oak barrels. You’ll find them at ironcladdistillery.com/store/sword-sash-small-batch-bourbon-whiskey.
On November 16, 2009, Space Shuttle Atlantis, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center at 2:28 p.m. EST, on a utilization and logistics flight and arrived at the International Space Station on the afternoon of November 18, making Col Randy Bresnik, USMC, Ret., '89, the first Bulldog in space! Go Dogs!
The Summerall Guard performed on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant on Veterans Day (from Live 5 News).
The meeting in 2021 marked the first time in history that the regimental commanders of the Corps of Cadets from both The Citadel and the Virginia Military Institute were women.
We’re kicking off the Christmas/Holiday shopping season suggesting some CAA/Citadel-licensed businesses whose products you might consider gifting this year. We begin with Senior Private Shop, operated by Tom Churchill, ’91. The shop carries a selection of t-shirts, cups and mugs, and other Citadel accessories perfect for gifts and stocking stuffers. Find Senior Private Shop on Etsy here: etsy.com/shop/SeniorPrivate
The 1992 Bulldog Football team became the winningest in The Citadel's history. The "Dream Season" included a 50-0 victory over VMI on November 14, 1992.
The Bulldogs made it to the second round of the NCAA playoffs.