Bowdoin Commemorates Civil War Sesquicentennial with Blog, Alumni College

Gen. Oliver Otis Howard (Class of 1850) on horseback.

Gen. Oliver Otis Howard (Class of 1850) on horseback.

Bowdoin College has selected 2013 as a commemorative year to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. As a part of this sesquicentennial commemoration, the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives presents the blog On this Day in Civil War History… as a daily reminder of what occurred 150 years ago.

Rainy all the forenoon—the Reg. inspection postponed on account of the weather.  Was engaged in making up my quarterly return of Ordnance & Ordnance Stores.  In afternoon Lt. Jerrard took the Company our for skirmish drill. —From the diary of Isaac Winslow Case (Class of 1848)

The posts derive from among the historical resources in Special Collections: a passage from a letter to a soldier, a soldier’s diary entry, a note of condolence, a daily surgeon’s morning report, an account of activities on the home front.

Bowdoin is also commemorating the sesquicentennial with Alumni College programming. ”The Afterlife of the American Civil War,” a series scheduled August 8-11, 2013, will feature keynote speakers, talks by Bowdoin faculty and walking tours of historic Brunswick.

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