Gordon Weil ’58 is the author of a new book The Good Man: The Civil War’s ‘Christian General’ and His Fight for Racial Equality. The book’s title refers to Oliver Otis Howard, of the Bowdoin Class of 1850, who was a Civil War general, head of the Freedman’s Bureau (which directed Reconstuction), and an early believer in full racial equality. Howard worked to create a “network” of colleges dedicated to educating African Americans and is the namesake of Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was also a born-again Christian who gave up smoking, drinking and profanity, which was uncommon for Civil War generals. Weil’s book incorporates Reconstruction history and post-Civil War race relations into his depiction of Howard’s life and forward-thinking achievements in education. Learn more from a Q&A with Weil from the Portland Press Herald.