In August 2013, Bowdoin College hosted "The Afterlife of the American Civil War, a four-day series of lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, and music presented in commemoration of the Civil War's sesquicentennial celebration. Bowdoin has many important connections to the Civil War through eminent alumni, faculty, and other historical figures associated with the College—including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (class of 1852), Oliver Otis Howard (class of 1850), William Pitt Fessenden (class of 1823), and Harriet Beecher Stowe, who began writing "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" while her husband was a Bowdoin professor. The Alumni College event, which focused on Bowdoin's involvement in the post-war years, included lectures by Bowdoin faculty and alumni.
In this presentation, David K. Thomson '08, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia and Richard Lindemann, director of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, discuss the Civil War experiences of brothers O.O, Charles, and Rowland Howard. Drawing on documents from the Howard collections, Thomson and Lindemann share the stories and larger legacy of this accomplished Bowdoin family.