Talking About a Revolution

A pop quiz with some surprising answers

When is it a bad thing to be a national school (Joseph Story’s goal for Harvard Law)?

Joseph Story had recruited from all over the country, and as the Civil War approached, nearly half of the students were from Southern states, said Coquillette, and “the school was ripped apart.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. LL.B. 1866 famously served in the Union Army before attending HLS, but more leaders of the Confederacy were alumni of Harvard Law School than of any other school in the U.S. besides West Point. “There are true stories of people serving in the war, taking a prisoner and discovering it was one of their classmates.” As many as 74 grads may have died fighting for the Union, and 54 for the Confederacy.

Previous | Next