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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

The University during the war,   pp. 153-160


Page 154


Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
A dozen years of hostile legislation, coupled with gross mis-
management and abuse. of trust on the part of the state towards
its infant ward, while it had checked its power of development,
had not thwarted the purposes for which the University was
founded, or prevented its steady and healthy growth. Already
as early as i86o and 1861, the dawn of a better day was dis-
cernible in the attitude of the state toward the University, and
the liberal and generous policy which has characterized the
later years was even then faintly outlined.
  Internally, the college was fairly prosperous. The Faculty,
though few in numbers, were men of broad and liberal culture,
and were thoroughly imbued with the spirit of their work.
The attendance of students was constantly enlarging, and,
what was still more indicative of a healthy growth, the number
of those entering the regular college classes was steadily in-
creasing. Faculty and students were alike earnest and dili-
gent in their work, and the esprit de corps which marked their
mutual intercourse and their common labor was of the very
highest character.
  Such in brief was the condition of college affairs when Sum-
ter fell, and the President's call for seventy-five thousand vol-
unteers flashed across the continent, setting the whole land
aflame with a blaze of patriotic fervor. From the very first it
was apparent that the University was to -bear its full share in
the contest just beginning. The first company organized in
this city for the three months' service took from us eight of our
number, all of whom, as I recollect, enlisted on the first day
that the books were opened for. that purpose. They were Ash-
more, Bull, Campbell, Miller, Norcross, Remick, Smith and
Wyse. I mention them, not as deserving a higher meed of
praise than any of the long list of those who followed, but be-
cause they were our first heroes, and first of all her many sons
whom our alma, mater sent forth into the bloody struggle of
those historic years. With the exception of Campbell, who did
not reenlist, and Ashmore, who died in the fall of 1861, after
recruiting a company for the Eleventh infantry, they all re-
enlisted after the expiration of their three months' term, and
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