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

The University during the war,   pp. 153-160


Page 155


1q(On) 1) Uiversif1 Durinsp the War.                         5
did gallant service until the end of the war, or until mustered
out by death. Five of the eight still survive: Ashmore and
Smith having died in service, and Campbell dying some years
after his return.
  The Faculty naturally looked with some degree of alarm upon
the serious inroads which the war seemed lik ly to make upon
our numbers. While their loyalty was unqu stioned, some of
them believed that the time had not yet come when the col-
leges of the country should give up their best and bravest, and
that such a sacrifice should be made only wh n a graver emer-
gency than yet existed had demonstrated its. necessity. I re-
member that, only a day or two after the first enlistments,
when gathered in the chapel for the usual mnorning prayers,
Prof. Butler exhorted us to be in no haste to give up the still
air of delightful studies for the sterner duties of the tented
field. And, while interposing no obstacle in he way of enlist-
ments, he admonished us that there existed, as yet, no such
crisis in national affairs as to warrant depopulating the col-
leges. He concluded by advising us, half seriously, half in
jest, to-tarry in Jericho until our beards were grown.
  Again, in his baccalaureate address to the class of '62, Prof.
Butler used these eloquent words:
  "I honor the patriotic fervor which, in the first week of the rebellion,
hur-
ried so many of our students into our first regiment. Yet, as I judge, these
volunteers were not demanded. Their places should have been filled by
others, not inferior in thew and sinew, who had no p an of study - which
adds a precious seeing to the eye -to interrupt; and thley would themselves
have rendered more efficient service in the field had taiey pushed on to
the
end of their educational curriculum. * * * But when an American has
completed an education, which gives to every power a double power, he
can sacrifice himself on no grander altar than that of his fatherland."
   Wise words, all, timely spoken--if only the h'eroes would
 tarry. But they would not tarry; and, bearded and beardless,
 they abandoned academic life to enter upor a struggle whose
 end no man could foresee. And what heroes theywere to our
 admiring eyes *as they marched away to the front. In the
 glamor and fervor of those well remembered April days, that
 little band of volunteers, the first of her sons offered by the
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