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This Week in Princeton History for June 26-July 2

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, more than half of the graduating class is missing, Ulysses S. Grant is on campus, and more.

June 26, 1861—At Commencement,

The matter of most interest is in inquiries made in regard to old friends, many of whom are now enemies. A very large number of Princeton graduates, and nine of the present graduating class, hold different positions in the Confederate army.

Out of the 125 students in the Class of 1861, only 50 remain.

Commencement program: "Commencement Exercises. The 114th Anniversary of the College of New Jersey, June 26, 1861"
Princeton University Commencement Records (AC115), Box 2.

June 27, 1871—Ulysses S. Grant arrives. “The College campus was dotted here and there in every direction with groups evidently lamenting their inability to see and hear what was going on.”

June 30, 1837—The Princeton Whig reports that while the country at large is also reeling from the Panic of 1837, “numbers [of students] have been prevented from joining the College this Spring in consequence of the derangement of the currency, and the depreciation of Southern paper, and the extreme scarcity of money.”

July 1, 1943—Under the new schedule, both civilians and military students will be assigned specific breakfast shifts. Civilians pursing a Bachelor of Arts will be assigned to 7:00AM breakfast, while their counterparts in engineering programs will dine at 8:00AM.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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