Student Digest - (02/12/2013  @ 4:15 PM)

Bowdoin Boys in Blue--and Gray (Lucy Cunningham)

Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table
presents a talk by Richard Lindemann
"Bowdoin Boys in Blue--and Gray"

Thursday February 14, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Bowdoin College
Free and Open to the Public

During the Civil War fully 25% of then-living Bowdoin alumni and students served their country (eighteen joined the Confederate ranks)--a participation rate higher than any other northern college. Among those ranks were four Medal of Honor recipients, a member of Lincoln's cabinet, several commanders of U.S. Colored Troops, and soldiers serving throughout the various theatres of combat, from Gettysburg to Louisiana. Their letters, diaries, and military documents serve as important historical resources that illuminate the Civil War period, both in the field and on the home front.

Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library has prepared the exhibition "Bowdoin Boys in Blue--and Gray," featuring Civil War era manuscripts and archival material from Special Collections & Archives. Richard Lindemann, Director of Special Collections & Archives, will guide us through the exhibition, located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Richard has been Director of Bowdoin's George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives since 1999, where he oversees the library's distinguished collection of rare books, manuscripts, historical photographs, and the College Archives, and promotes use of the collection by meeting with classes, working with researchers, and coordinating public programming. He has graduate degrees in history and library science from the University of Virginia and Emory University, and he has spent more than thirty years as an archivist, rare book cataloger, and special collections librarian.

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