By Gordon L. Weil, Class of 1958
About Oliver Otis Howard, Class of 1850
A graduate of Bowdoin College and West Point, Howard was a Civil War general and top commander under W.T. Sherman. Underwent conversion to become "the Christian General." Lost his arm in battle and received Medal of Honor. Howard received special congressional commendation for his selection of the Gettysburg battlefield. Headed the Freedmen's Bureau and led post-Civil War Reconstruction, placing him in direct conflict with President Andrew Johnson. Helped found African-American universities, and Howard University bears his name.
-From the back cover.