#93 Norwich University in WWI

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

April 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ 1917 entry into World War I, a bloody conflict that had been waging in Europe since 1914. As they always have, Norwich men stepped up when called to serve. Though the U.S. was involved in the war for 18 months, the impact on Norwich University was extensive. In turn, Norwich had …

#92 Edmund Rice Received the Medal of Honor for Bravery at Gettysburg

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Edmund Rice was a native of Cambridge, Mass. who attended Norwich for nearly three years beginning in 1856. In 1861, at the age of 19, he mustered into the 19th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, embarking upon a lifelong career of service to his country. He is best remembered for receiving the Medal of Honor while repelling Pickett’s Charge during the Battle …

#91 Colby Military Writers Symposium

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium was created as an opportunity to expose students, faculty, alumni, and the public to the works and views of nationally-known authors, historians, and journalists. It aspires to educate, enlighten, and inspire. In 1996, President Emeritus Russell Todd ’50, then-staff member Ed Tracy, and alumnus and author Carlo D’Este ’59 conceived of an event …

#90 Rev. John Thomas Was a University President During Two World Wars

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

The Rev. John Thomas was born in Fort Covington, N.Y., graduating from Middlebury College in 1890 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1893. He spent 15 years as a Presbyterian minister in New Jersey before becoming president of Middlebury in 1908. He served in that capacity for 13 years, leading the college through World War I. After the armistice, he …

#89 Baseball, Norwich’s Oldest Sport

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

Though pickup games may have been played earlier, Norwich University formally fielded its first baseball team in either 1871 or 1872, depending who’s telling the story. A group of cadets got the idea to challenge the Dartmouth College boys to what was already known as the “national game” or the “national pastime.” Baseball as we know it today was first …