|Fr. John B. Guida, S.J.|
|John Wilkes Booth|
A photograph of the Georgetown Jesuit who was jailed after being mistaken for John Wilkes Booth is only one of about 80 Civil War items on display at the Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library through the month of June. The items are from the library’s Special Collections Research Center and from the Woodstock College Archives. Authorities released John B. Guida, S.J., a philosophy professor, once Booth (who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln) was found. “On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Special Collections Research Center wanted to tell the story of the war’s impact on Georgetown and its faculty and students,” explained University Archivist Lynn Conway, who put the exhibition together. “It is a story of perseverance and survival.
As the war progressed, the College saw its grounds occupied by Union troops on multiple occasions, according to documents in the exhibition. The university tried to maintain normal activities throughout the war, according to Georgetown documents.Faculty melted down silver spoons that belonged to students who had already left campus to make silver medals awarded for academic achievement at the 1862 commencement."
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