Oscar Eugene Learnard Papers, 1850-1932 (1 Box)
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About Oscar E. Learnard
Oscar Learnard was born in Fairfax, VT. He attended Bakersfield Academy and entered Norwich University in 1852. He left Norwich in 1854. Next, Learnard attended Albany Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1855. He spent the summer of 1855 in Ohio and in the fall went to Lawrence, KS, where he took an active part in the Free State Cavalry. Later, he was instrumental in the founding of the town of Burlington, KS, which was named after Burlington, VT. He also served as a member of the Free State Territorial Legislature in 1857. During the Civil War, Learnard was commissioned Lt. Colonel of the 1st Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He married Mary Sophia Eldridge in 1862 and resigned from the army in 1863. The control file included with the collections contains additional biographical information on Oscar Eugene Learnard.
About the Collection
The collection contains papers, ephemera and photographs compiled in scrapbook format by Learnard’s son, Tracy. Topics of interest include the Lawrence (KS) Raid in 1856, the Battle of Bull Creek in 1856, Quantrill’s Raid in 1863, the 1st Free State Territorial (KS) Legislature, John Brown’s career in Kansas and miscellaneous materials on Bakersfield Academy and Norwich University. A detailed listing of contents may be found below.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these terms in the library catalog:
- Learnard, Oscar E., — 1832-1911 — Archives.
- Brown, John, — 1800-1859.
- Bakersfield Academy (Vt.)
- Norwich University — History — 19th century.
- Lawrence Massacre, Lawrence, Kan., 1863.
- United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Kansas — History — 1854-1861.
- Kansas — History — Civil War, 1861-1865.
You can also browse for finding aids to the papers of other Norwich University alumni or other members of Oscar Learnard’s class using the Alumni and Class of 1854 categories.
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