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The Civil War Comes to Princeton in 1861
Tensions between Unionist and Secessionist students reached their peak in 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War.
Student Autograph Books and Collegiate Friendships
Antebellum autograph books reveal the intimate, cross-sectional friendships northern and southern Princeton students formed in the years before the Civil War.
Princeton and the Civil War
The Civil War divided Princeton as well as the United States along regional lines, complicating the university’s patriotic history of wartime service as students and alumni fought in both the Union and Confederate forces.
John Maclean Jr. and Princeton’s Commitment to Sectional Harmony
John Maclean Jr., Princeton’s tenth president (1854-1868), was a non-slaveholder and held moderate antislavery views. His commitment to attracting southern students to the college and reducing sectional tension on campus, however, contributed to Princeton’s conservatism in the years leading up to the Civil War.
William Potter Ross
William Potter Ross—a Princeton alumnus, Cherokee chief, and Confederate officer during the Civil War—advocated for Cherokee sovereignty in part by defending the practice of slavery.
James C. Johnson circa 1861
Photograph of James Collins Johnson, campus vendor and former fugitive slave.
James Titus ("Navigator")
Photo of James Titus, bootblack and messenger for the college.
Joseph Henry House
Joseph Henry's home in Princeton, New Jersey, where from 1832-1846 he taught natural philosophy (physics) at the College of New Jersey.
Photo of Noah Long, a bootblack on campus.
Autograph Book Entry by Samuel Comfort
Autograph book entry from Samuel Comfort to Winfield Purviance ('1861).