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Hamilton community members process to the College cemetery to lay a wreath in honor of Hamilton's Civil War dead.
Hamilton Honors Its Civil War Dead on 150th Anniversary of War's End

Bells in municipal towers and religious buildings – including Hamilton’s chapel bell – rang across the country on April 9 at 3:15 p.m. to commemorate the time 150 years ago when Generals Grant and Lee exited the Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia bringing the Civil War to an end.  More ...

Hamilton Observes 150th Anniversary of Civil War’s End

In concert with the National Park Service's call to ring “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox,” the College's Chapel bell will ring for four minutes at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, to mark the four years of war that ended 150 years ago at Appomattox.  One hour later, at 4:15 p.m., a short memorial program will commemorate the role Hamilton students and alumni played in the Civil War, as well as  in the abolitionist movement that preceded the war. This program is free and open to the public.  More ...

Joseph T. Glatthaar
Forage Liberally: Union Raiding Strategy During the Civil War

Although the United States remained intact after the Civil War, animosity between northerners and southerners has never fully dissipated. Joseph Glatthaar, the Stephenson Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes this can be largely attributed to the “raiding strategy” employed by the Union during the latter half of the Civil War. Glatthaar travelled to the Hill on Nov. 11 for a lecture and book-signing.  More ...

Joseph T. Glatthaar
Military Historian Will Discuss Civil War on Nov. 11

University of North Carolina historian and author Joseph T. Glatthaar will present a lecture, “The Destructive Civil War 1864-1865,” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium of the Taylor Science Center. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will discuss the critical later years of the Civil War.  More ...

Eric Foner
Preeminent Civil War Historian Eric Foner to Discuss The Fiery Trial

Columbia University Professor Eric Foner, preeminent historian of the Civil War era, will discuss his latest book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, K.J.  Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery and 19th century America.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  More ...

Maurice Isserman
New York Times Features Isserman Article

The New York Times’ current entry on the publication’s Civil War blog is the work of James L. Ferguson Professor of History Maurice Isserman. Titled “From the Playing Field to the Battlefield,” the article reveals that during the war, the majority of Hamilton students participated on both the Union and Confederate sides and that many perished.  More ...

Writer Robbins Discusses West Point Culture

James Robbins came to Hamilton to talk about someone no Hamilton student wants to be: the individuals last in their class. Robbins was talking in particular about the “Goats,” men who graduated last in their class from West Point and ended up fighting in the Civil War. He drew extensively from his book, Last in their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Ghosts of West Point (2006) in providing an often-humorous overview of America's most famous Goats.  More ...

David Blight
Yale Historian Discusses Americans' Views of The Civil War

February 22 was the 150th anniversary of Jefferson Davis's announcement of the Confederate cabinet and Abraham Lincoln's enunciation of his goals for America at a speech in Philadelphia. It was also the date on which Yale University Professor David Blight visited Hamilton to present a retrospective on American views of the Civil War. By examining a pair of 20th century authors who wrote on the topic, Blight illustrated long-term trends on the way Americans think about the Civil War and the nation.  More ...

David W. Blight
Renowned Yale Civil War Expert to Lecture

David W. Blight, the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, will lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., in the Hamilton College Chapel. The title of his talk is “The Civil War in Modern Memory: Robert Penn Warren and James Baldwin at the Centennial.” The lecture, sponsored by Hamilton’s History Department, is free and open to the public.  More ...