"Profound and Poignant": New exhibit on Union's connections to the Civil War era opens

The exhibit will be on display through 2015
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"Profound and Poignant": New exhibit on Union's connections to the Civil War era opens


  • John Hartranft, Class of 1853, seated at center, earned a Medal of Honor as commander of the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He also played a key role after the assassination of Lincoln. (Library of Congress)John Hartranft, Class of 1853, seated at center, earned a Medal of Honor as commander of the 4th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He also played a key role after the assassination of Lincoln. (Library of Congress)
  • 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)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)

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 and 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 exhibit is free and open to the public. The building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Profound and 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.

To learn more from the Winter 2015 issue of the Union College Magazine, click here.