Profound & Poignant

Two secretaries of state.
Military leaders. Medal of Honor recipients.
The man who failed to prevent Lincoln’s assassination.

Union alumni and others from the College were key witnesses and makers of history in the Civil War era. Their stories are told in an exhibit, Profound & Poignant: Union College Connections to the Civil War Era. Presented by Union’s Notables Committee, the exhibit will be on display through 2015 in the first-floor Dyson Gallery of the Nott Memorial, the iconic centerpiece of the Union campus. The building is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No cost.


Profound & Poignant
A Union College Zouave plays stanzas of bugle calls. (Union College Special Collections, Schaffer Library)
Profound & Poignant
The staff of Gen. George G. Meade, seated near center, included a Union graduate, Charles Elliott Pease (1856), who was instrumental in the Confederate surrender. Pease is standing in the second row behind Meade’s left shoulder. (Library of Congress)





Profound & Poignant is co-curated by Andrea Foroughi, Associate Professor of History, and Tom Werner, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of Physical Sciences Emeritus and chair of Union’s Notables Committee. The co-curators recognize the encouragement and generosity of President Stephen C. Ainlay; the support of the Office of Communications, Mandeville Gallery, Schaffer Library and the Union Notables Committee; and the summer research efforts of Peter Scatena ’16.




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