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A memorial

On this Memorial Day, we remember Theodore Winthrop, Class of 1848, the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. A New Haven native who is buried at Grove Street Cemetery, he is memorialized in this Saybrook College entryway. “I go down to the front for the purpose of attempting to get rid of slavery in this country,” he wrote in April 1861, less than two months before his death on June 10 in the Battle of Big Bethel. More on Winthrop here.

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