#68 James Ward, Class of 1823, First Union Naval Officer Killed in Civil War

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Commander James Harmon Ward was the first Union naval officer to be killed in action during the Civil War. He was also one of the first students ever to attend Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. According to handwritten records in the Norwich University Archives, James Ward enrolled in the Academy in September of 1821, the 116th young …

#67 President Loring Hart Oversaw Dramatic Change at Norwich

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

Dr. Loring Hart was president of Norwich during one of the most transformational times in our history—the merger between Norwich University and Vermont College, which led to the admission of female and civilian students for the first time. A decorated veteran of World War II, his service to Norwich perfectly represents the blend of military and civilian elements that makes …

#66 Cadets Aided in a 1925 Kidnapping Manhunt

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

Earl Woodward was a 27-year-old farm hand employed by Lucille Chatterton’s family in Granville, about 15 miles southeast of Northfield as the crow flies. After Woodward and Chatterton disappeared, the sheriff’s men searched the woods in Braintree, Roxbury, and Brookfield for five days without any luck. Finally, the state attorney general asked Norwich’s President Charles Plumley for some cadets to …

#65 Hiram Bearss Received the Medal of Honor for Heroism in the Philippines

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Brigadier General Hiram Iddings Bearss was born in Peru, Indiana in 1875. He and his younger brother Braxton were both members of the NU Class of 1898, though “Bracks” did not complete his studies at Norwich due to poor health. Known as “Mike” to his fellow cadets, Hiram Bearss was captain of the brand-new football team and commissioned as a …

#64 Southern Families Flocked to Partridge’s Academy

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

At a time when transportation infrastructure was scarce and Vermont winters unforgiving, nearly 15 percent of Alden Partridge’s earliest academy students came from the Southeastern United States. They came from North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but predominantly from South Carolina. In droves they traveled from larger towns like Columbia and Charleston, as well as little coastal islands …

#63 President Schneider Becomes Our Longest Serving President

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Alden Partridge served as president of Norwich University for 24 years, 3 months, and 5 days. On September 7, 2016, Richard Schneider will surpass this record to become our university’s longest serving president. Alden Partridge’s presidency began when the cornerstone was laid for the founding of the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy on August 6, 1819, the day we …

#62 “Black Hawk Down”: Norwich at the Battle of Mogadishu

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Was There

Thomas DiTomasso, Class of 1989, played a leadership role in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, fighting alongside Michael Goodale, Class of 2009. DiTomasso says that there’s a lot missing from its depiction in the book and film Black Hawk Down—most importantly the values of trust, friendship, and selfless service that he learned as a Norwich cadet. In 1993, Somalia was …

#60 Norwich Became a Flight Training Center During World War II

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

In 1939, the United States needed to quickly expand the number of U.S. aviators. In June of that year, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Civilian Pilot Training Act into law. The law not only strengthened our national defense prior to entering World War II, but opened up pilot training to many who would never have had an opportunity to fly. …

#59 Our Legacy in Norwich, Vermont

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy

197 years ago this week, the first bricks were laid on the Norwich, Vt. town green for the American Military, Scientific, and Literary Academy. As we celebrate Founders Day, we take a look at the legacy that Norwich University left behind in its hometown. The Partridges were a large and prominent family in the town of Norwich. Alden Partridge was …