Isaac Newton Arnold and John A. Quitman

Hartwick Students Present on Alumni with Civil War Ties November 9

November 7, 2011

Hartwick College students will offer a presentation on two College alumni with significant - though very different - ties to the US Civil War at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the Hartwick campus.

The students, enrolled in Associate Professor of History Cherilyn Lacy's Historical Methods course, will present "Hartwick College and the Civil War: Two Alumni, Different Paths" as part of Hartwick's 2011-2012 Civil War Symposium, "Diverse Voices and Faces of the Civil War."

John A. Quitman and Isaac Newton Arnold both studied at Hartwick Seminary in the early 19th century. Yet Quitman would become a strident advocate of Southern secession from the Union, while the Arnold would introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States.  The presentation will examine the involvement of these two Hartwick alumni in the debates that would be at the heart of the Civil War.

This symposium is sponsored by the Hartwick College Department of History and is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Lacy at 607-431-4885 or

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