The Scimitar (Literary Magazine)

 The literary magazine of the Staunton Military Academy, The Scimitar, provided an outlet for the cadets to publish poetry and prose that was not normally included into either the cadet newspaper or the yearbook. The Scimitar was founded in 1958 by Michael Goldwater (SMA’58) and Gary Schmidt (SMA’58) after they attended a Periodical Awards Program in late 1957 at Washington & Lee College. While there, they reviewed another prep school’s literary magazine and returned to SMA with a self-imposed mission of starting a similar magazine at the Academy. They decided that the name of the magazine should reflect the military nature of the cadets that contributed to it and Michael came up with the name “Scimitar” after a souvenir scimitar sword that his father, Barry Goldwater Sr. (SMA’28), had brought back from India after World War II.

The Scimitar was printed three times a year from the Spring of 1958 through the Spring of 1971.

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February 1958
February 1958
May 1960
May 1960
December 1960
December 1960
March 1961
March 1961
December 1961
December 1961
April 1962
April 1962
MAy 1962
May 1962
December 1962
December 1962
April 1963
April 1963
May 1963
May 1963
Fall 1963
Fall 1963
Spring 1964
Spring 1964
Fall 1964
Fall 1964
Winter 1964
Winter 1964
Spring 1965
Spring 1965
Fall 1965
Fall 1965
Winter 1967
Winter 1967
Winter 1968
Winter 1968
Summer 1969
Summer 1969
Fall 1969
Fall 1969
Spring 1971
Spring 1971

 

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