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

The University during the war,   pp. 153-160


Page 159


University During the War.
  The quintette of captains furnished by the class of '64 com-
prised the following: Bradley, who commanded a company
of colored troops; Norcross, of the 13th infantry; Stone and
Miller, both of the 2oth, and Spooner of the 5oth. The other
captains, were: Remick, of no regular class, a captain in the
iith infantry; Sinclair W. Botkin, of '-57, of 'the 23d infantry;
and Tredway, of '63, a captain and quartermaster.
  The list of lieutenants, regimental adjutants and quartermas-
ters is'too long to be recited here, as is also the list of those
who served in the ranks. But the omission must not be con-
strued by the future historian as a disparagement either of their
services, or of their military genius and proficiency in the art
of war. For some of us who carried muskets were profoundly
impressed with our knowledge of the milit ry art, and dis-
cussed the gravest military problems with a perspicuity which
would certainly have astonished a Sherman or a von Moltke.
  And we flattered ourselves that we were of that class of citi-
zen soldiers, of whom some of the unnumbered and unremem-
bered war poets wrote:
               "Only a private in the ranks,
                 Yet sure I -am indeed
                 If all the privates were like him,
                 Few captains would they need."
  But the warriors were not all at the front. And this imper-
fect sketch of the arms and heroes of that time would be more
imperfect still if it omitted to mention the n~ilitary spirit de-
veloped within the college from a very early pleriod of the war.
During the fall term of i86i, this spirit took definite shape, re-
sulting in the organization of a company among the students
for the purpose of military drill and of fitting its members for
active service in the field, should their services be required;
and right well did it fulfil these objects. Th original organi-
zation and the efficiency which it subsequently attained were
largely due to the untiring labors of our first captain, Miller,
of '64, who had returned from the three months' service and re-
sumed his studies for a few months, before again entering the
army upon the organization of the 2oth infartry in the spring
of, 1862. Arms were furnished the company by General Utley,
1900.]


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