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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.
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.
Princeton and the Confederacy
Hundreds of Princeton alumni served the Confederacy as soldiers, officers, and political leaders. Yet Princeton’s close involvement with the Confederate States of America has received surprisingly little scholarly attention until recently.
Counting Princetonians in the Civil War
Extensive research by the Princeton University Archives staff has determined that over 600 Princeton students and alumni fought in the Civil War. Of these, 86 died in the conflict—47 for the Confederacy, and 39 for the Union.
Between 1746 and 1865, about 40% of Princeton students arrived from the slaveholding South. As college leaders recruited elite southerners, enrollment tracked the geographical spread of the slave economy.
Portrait of Betsey Stockton, a former slave who served as a missionary and teacher in the Sandwich Islands (present-day Hawaii).
African American Soldiers at Camp Nelson
African-American troops at Camp Nelson, the site of Robert Jefferson Breckinridge’s confrontation with General Fry about returning runaway slaves.
Database of Princeton Student Origins
A comprehensive list of Princeton undergraduates, from the class of 1748 to the class of 1865. Data includes graduate status, state of origin, and state at death.
Robert Jefferson Breckinridge Memo on Fugitive Slaves (July 1864)
Memorandum by Robert J. Breckinridge (class of 1820, non-graduate) detailing the growing number of slaves fleeing to Union Army lines.
Autograph Book Entry by R. McC. Shepherd
Autograph book entry by R. McC. Shepherd to William B. Lane (class of 1861), with sketches of "college life."
Princeton Confronts Its Slave-Owning Past with an 'Anti-Monument'
The Huffington Post, 11/28/17
Titus Kaphar's work for the Princeton & Slavery Project tells a story of buried history.