The rat-ties of 10+3 are looking good. After marching that parade four times (the simple pleasures of being a Band Co. upperclassman!), it was nice to be able to stand in the front yard of the Crim House with the other Alumni. For those who are familiar with this event, they started a new tradition this year. The cadets on the Civil War Roundtable trained the rats to carry their rifles at shoulder arms from the era of the War Between the States. Rather than making a mad dash across the entire Field of Lost Shoes with slower rats falling out right and left, they marched the majority of the way across the field in line formation at shoulder arms, just like the New Market boys did back in 1864. They broke into a sprint once they got a few hundred feet from the canons. It looked awesome. The Class of 2010 has some excellent leadership, and it shows in how well the rats have been trained in just over two weeks. The rats did a great job marching through downtown New Market after learning the history of the Battle of New Market, taking the Cadet Oath and then charging across the field. It's always cute seeing rat parents walking around trying to catch just a glimpse of their sons and daughters in formation before eating lunch together.