Rappahannock Academy & Military Institute

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Rappahannock Academy was a military academy founded in 1813 in Virginia.[1] Located on a hill near the Rappahannock River, the site was deemed well situated and brick buildings were constructed.[1] The school's name was changed to Rappahannock Academy and Military Institute (RA&MI) in 1847.

William Mahone taught at RA&MI from January 1848 until July 1849. It was as large as Virginia Military Institute by 1860.[citation needed] Subjects taught at the school included military science and uniform requirements. The American Civil War (1861 - 1865) disrupted the school's program and drew most of its students into service.

The historic Mount Church (built circa 1750) was given by the state of Virginia to the school.[2][3] Charles A. Lewis headed the school twice.[2]

The school and its property were sold off in 1873.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia". Commonwealth of Virginia. 3 March 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b https://books.google.com/books?id=xxVhymOH3usC&pg=PA58&dq=Rappahannock+Academy&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi68prG9dDZAhVDOKwKHWhXB50Q6AEILDAB#v=onepage&q=Rappahannock%20Academy&f=false pages 293 and 347
  3. ^ Meade, William (3 March 2018). "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia". J.B Lippincott & Company – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Morrison, Alfred James (3 March 2018). "The Beginnings of Public Education in Virginia, 1776-1860: Study of Secondary Schools in Relation to the State Literary Fund". D. Bottom, superintendent of public printing – via Google Books.