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Civil War Soldiers from Hamilton College

Civil War Soldiers

from Hamilton College


Hamilton College, a small liberal-arts college in Clinton, NY, had a distinguished record in the Civil War. Many of Hamilton's graduates and students took up arms and fought, for North and South. Studying in the hotbed of abolitionism that was Central New York, Hamilton students, aged 17 to 23, dropped their books and picked up the musket to preserve the Union and to spread freedom to every corner of the nation. 

Of the many worthy Hamilton veterans who displayed their bravery during the bloodiest war in American history. This digital exhibition highlights just a few distinguished men who served:

Hamilton Soldiers

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19th Century Banjo Instruction Manuals

This exhibit features five nineteenth-century banjo instruction manuals held by the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the Hamilton College Library. These books are just a small part of the 42-piece Robert Fraker Collection of Nineteenth-Century Banjo Instruction Manuals held by the college. To view the full collection see the 19th Century Banjo Collection on Hamilton Collection Digital Collections website.

The exhibit also includes a selected history of the banjo, biographies of the manual authors, and a partial bibliography of primary sources for further research.

Research for this exhibit was conducted during Summer 2011 by Catherine Crone '13 (advised by Professor Lydia Hamessley) as part of her project "A Study of Banjo Instruction Manuals from the Nineteenth Century." This work was funded by an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award.

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