#18 “Daredevil” Hersey: Rough Rider and Aeronaut

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Henry Blanchard “Daredevil” Hersey, Norwich class of 1885, led a colorful and adventure-filled life in which he played many roles, including as a meteorologist, balloonist and member of the Rough Riders. A native of Williamstown, Vt., Hersey entered Norwich in 1881. Like many students in the nineteenth century he left after two years to enter the United States Signal Service …

#13 The College Cavaliers

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In October 1862, twenty-three Norwich cadets returned to campus from a stretch in the Civil War with an amazing story to tell. They had been part of “the College Cavaliers”, a Union cavalry unit made up of college students primarily from Dartmouth and Norwich. They had signed up for a three-month enlistment, and during that time participated in a daring …

#10 The Professor Who Solved a Mass Poisoning Whodunit

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Criminal Justice may be the most popular major at Norwich. But it took an associate professor of chemistry to solve a truly terrible case on the other side of the globe—the largest mass poisoning of a population in history. Working in Bangladesh since 1997, analytical chemist Prof. Seth Frisbie revealed that over 50 million Bangladeshis were drinking water with unsafe …

#7 Albert Martin at the Alamo

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Captain Albert Martin is considered by many to be a hero in the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. It is widely believed that Martin attended the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (the precursor to Norwich University) during the 1820s when it was located in Middletown, Connecticut. No one has yet had success in proving this claim. A native of …

#1 Robert E. Hitchcock ’59

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US Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Robert C. Hitchchock, NU Class of 1859, is believed to be the first Norwich alumnus and the first Vermonter to die in the Civil War. He was killed in action on July 21, 1861, while leading his company in a charge at the first Battle of Bull Run. He and nine enlisted Marines were buried …