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2A - Friday, November 3, 2006

MONDAY:
Ten Spot

TUESDAY:
Arbor Anecdotes

Civil War touched all at 'U'
More than half of students enlisted

It was 1861. The nickname "the Wol-
verines" had just been coined. The 44-
year-old University only admitted men.
A complete college education cost as
little as $10.
Cheap as it was, an education was far
from the only thing on students' minds.
On April 15, then-University President
Henry Tappan announced the start of
the Civil War to a large crowd gathered
in the Ann Arbor Courthouse Square.
More than half of the 152 students
enrolled in the colleges of Literature,
Law and Medicine immediately left the
University to enlist in the services.
Students who chose not to enlist right
away went on to lead a sheltered life at
the University, but the shadow of the
war constantly loomed. James Guthrie,
who graduated from the Medical School
in 1862, wrote in his surgical diary that
medical students on campus "realized
the role that they would be called upon
to fill and the question was not whether
but rather when?"
University administrators encouraged

students to complete their education
before leaving to fight. Student George
Robinson wrote his sister in June 1861,
telling her that he "should like to enlist
now but President Tappan tells us to stay
in college till we graduate."
Nearly every student enrolled in a
University battalion, anticipating the
need for their services upon gradua-
tion. Professors wrote letters of recom-
mendation for students who hoped to fill
leadership roles in the infantry.
In the meantime, students stayed
occupied with lectures and studies as
they filled journals with extensive class
notes and doodles about home, love and
war. Like most students, one letter writ-
er hoped his University education would
allow him to someday "be able to do
something for the cause of our Country
more than we could to enter the ranks
now."
ANDREA COOMBES
- Information for this article was gath-
ered from documents in the Bentley Histori-
cal Library.

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Then-University President Henry Tappan announces the beginning of the Civil War to
a crowd of students and community members gathered Ann Arbor's Courthouse Square
on April 15, 1861.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Reinforcements
remove phallic
reference
WHERE: Taubman Medical
Library, 1135 Catherine St.
WHEN: Wednesday at about
8:30 a.m.
WHAT: A vandal scrawled
a word for "penis" on the
carpet, DPS reported. When
cleaning staff could not
remove the ink from the floor,
professional cleaners were
called in.
Thief cashes
stolen check at
Hospital bank
WHERE: University Hospital,
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
WHEN: Wednesday

WHAT: A thief cashed a
check from a checkbook
taken from an Ann Arbor
home, the Department of
Public Safety reported.
Police have at least one sus-
pect and the investigation is
ongoing.
Officer assists
tenant with
flaming noodles
WHERE: The Northwood
IV apartment complex, 1225
Mcintyre St.
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 6p.m.
WHAT: Noodles cooking in
the oven started a fire, DPS
reported. The tenant fled
the apartment. A police offi-
cer eventually arrived and
doused the flames with a cup
of water.

History lecture
WHAT: A lecture on wel-
fare rights, poverty, politics
and the history of the wel-
fare rights movement in the
United States
WHO: Felicia Kornbluh, a
Duke University assistant
history professor
WHEN: Today from 1 to
2:30 p.m.
WHERE: School of Social
Work Building, room 1840
Lecture on
women's issues
in Turkey
WHAT: A lecture on the
Turkish obsession with
women's virginity and the
consequences it holds
WHO: Aysan Sever, a Uni-
versity of Toronto sociology

professor
WHEN: Today at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Mason Hall,
room G333
Math career
conference
WHAT: A conference
for students considering
careers involving math
WHO: University Depart-
ment of Mathematics
WHEN: Today at 1 p.m.
WHERE: East Hall, 2nd
floor atrium
CORRECTIONS
" A chart on page 5B
ofWednesday's Election
Guide incorrectly identified
the party affiliation of may-
oral candidate Tom Wall. He
is an independant.
Please report any error in
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This weekend's football
game against Ball State is
expected to be the 200th
straight game since 1975
with more than 100,000 fans
packed into Michigan Stadi-
um to watch the Wolverines.
McKinley Properties will
be moving a large house
Sunday from Washtenaw
Street, over the Broadway
Bridge, to a new location on
Plymouth Road. Police say the
move will take the better part
of the day and will require sig-
nificant traffic control, includ-
ing road blocks so the house
can go the wrong way down
Fifth Avenue.
Patrick Stewart, in town
with the Royal Shake-
speare Company, will
conduct the marching band at
tomorrow's football game.
FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 3A

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