Today Bowdoin College is honoring the memory of the Battle of Gettysburg and all who fought there with memorial wreaths placed around the community. Wreaths adorn Memorial Hall, the Joshua Chamberlain statue and Chamberlain’s grave. The battle took place July 1-3, 1863. See all three memorial wreaths.
From the birth of Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Federal Street in 1852 and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s victories on the battlefield to William Pitt Fessenden’s political victories in the Senate and O.O. Howard’s command of the Freedman’s Bureau, it is hard to overstate Bowdoin’s role in the Civil War. The 2013 Alumni College, “The Afterlife of the American Civil War,” offers participants the opportunity to engage with the history and culture of the Civil War era through a study of the people and places that helped shape it.