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She saw her bright escutcheon.

For which her sons had died,
Bearing the words that Miller said

'Mid battle's surging tide, —
''I'll try!" The blood was pulsing;

Up-rose she from the blow;
\\'hen duty calls, not ruined walls

Should check its ardent flow.

No more beside the river,

On beauteous Norwich Plain,
By hallowed dust, 'mid early scenes,

Might she repose again;
But on the hills of Northfield,

Robed in imperial green.
Crowned with love of loyal sons.

She sits, our peerless queen.

Her dowry is the faith of sons

Who loved her in their youth.
The loyal zeal of each cadet

Who follows knightly truth.
We mourn our honored Dr. Bourns,

Stanch General Jackman, too;
Crowned be each name with lasting fame.

Loved champions of "N. U. !"

At Norwich or at Northfield

Our hearts shall ever glow
O'er cheering tales of college days,

And boon companions, oh!
With pretty girls and loyal men

It always should be so,
E'en when locks turn grizzled hair,

And Time sifts down his snow.



We vow anew a brother's love

For each good comrade low;
We'll keep the faith they pledged for us

In the Old South Barracks, oh
We'll do our duty bravely,

In honor, leal and true,
Then vive V amour and vive la guerre!

Hurrah for Old " N. U. " !

On the Hike, 1909.




\\ uv rode upon the eddying sionn,

In volleys flew the leaden hail,
Men's life blood bursting bright and warm

Dyed many a vest of crimson mail.

Loud rang tlic bugle's cheering voice,

Reaching 'neath the smoky sky.
As, charging 'mid the battle's press,

The gallant Ninth came sweeping by.

Proudly above the eddying smoke

The Regimental banner shone.
New England hearts with pride awoke

.\t their loved leader's clarion tone.

There, cheering on the serried ranks.

With sabre glittering free and bright;
There, Avhere the section quivering sank

Before the flashing volley's might ;

There, pointing to the starry flag

And to the Castle's turret stone,
" Strike for New" England, Ninth,' ' he cried,

" Chapultepec is won !' '

" Hurrah ! hurrah !' ' then rang a cheer

That burst the smoke wreaths rolling o'er,

That 'mid the battle echoed clear
Above the cannon's thunderous roar.

'Tis stilled again, that conquering shout,

Loud swells anew the battle's peal;
But where is he who called it out?

No more is seen his flashing steel.

Straight driving 'mid the leaden shower,

Full toward the proud, victorious brow,
The bullet told its vengeful power;

'Tis done, that gallant crest is low.

His death couch 'mid the rocky cliffs.

O'er which our conquering legions go;
Ah! his laurel crown with blood was kissed

Beneath the skies of Mexico !

His coronach, the battle's cry;

His requiem, the cannon's roar;
New England's sons who saw him die

^lourn the loved chief, who leads no more.


Air: " Maryland, my Maryland."


We come today from hill and plain,

Old " N. U.," we love but thee;
We tune our praise in glad refrain,

Old "N. U.," we love but thee.

We meet beneath thy banner white,

With all thy glories blazoned bright,

Beneath its folds in praise unite.

Old " N. U.," we love but thee.

The hills that rise in stately pride,
Abna Mater, true to thee;

Their vigils keep, whate'er betide.
Alma Mater, true to thee.

They hail thy heroes with acclaim,

Names consecrate in blood and flame;

When spread thy sons thy battle fame,
Alma Mater, true to thee.

In civic manhood, pure and high.
Old " N. U.," we love but thee.
As in thy storied days gone by,

Old " N. U.," we love but thee.
So do thy leaders ser\'e thee now,
With Jackman's soul and Ransom's brow,
Thy highest weal their holiest vow,
Okl " N. U.," we love but thee.

Our love we bring you here today,

Alma Mater, true to thee ;
We vaunt thy name in roundelay.

Alma Mater, true to thee.
We hold thy fame a precious trust.
Nor trail thy banner in the dust,
But honor thee, we will, we must,
Alma Mater, true to thee.





On Norwich Plain we meet again,

Beneath our banner bright,
Where shine the stars, made bright by Mars,

That ever give us hght.

Oh yes, 'tis sweet, once more to greet

Our brothers dressed in bkie;
The clash of anns has yet its charms.

In halls of old "N.U."

Come, let us raise our songs of praise,

To him who gaA-e her birth.
And drop a tear o'er Ransom's bier,

The brightest spot of earth.

Come, all her brave, from land and wave.

In honored peace retreat;
The storm has passed, now you may cast

Your laurels at her feet.

Remember, those who now repose.

Were once our nation's trust;
Their names are sown where blood has flown

To blossom in the dust.

So let us live that we may give

Our names a watchword t' be:
When we have passed through life, at last

Our deeds may honor thee.

Base Ball Game, 1910.




Where rugged hemlocks crown the hill,

And sugar-maples woo the breeze ;
Where bounding comes the mountain rill

To sing among the shady trees;
Where rough hills rise from valleys greec

And streams of purest water flow,
When summer suns light up the scene

And summer breezes softly blow ;
Where furious storms in winter rave

And bending forests shake with fear;
Where snow lies deep, a frozen wave,

And fills the vision far and near.

This is Vermont, the mountain land,

And here are bred her mountaineers —
Men born to freedom and command,

Not born to crouch with servile fears.
A hardy race, like granite peaks,

They bear the sunshine and the storm
And who for love of country seeks.

Win find it in their bosoms warm.

Unused to cringe before the great,

Each man a sovereign is born;
Each woman fair makes home her state,

And wider empire wisely scorns.
They breathe the air of liberty

With every breath which they inhale,
And reinless winds are not more free

Than they who ne'er in danger quail.

They love the land which gave them birth;

They love the nation which their sires
Bequeathed to them — in all the earth

No other spot fills their desires.
The mountain would as soon recoil

Before the shaking of a spear
As they retire from freedom's soil

So hallowed once by blood and tears.

Here stands " N. U. " among these hills —
Vermont's grand nursery of arms,

Where, in the piping times of peace.
She trains her sons for war's alarms.


Here nurtured are her heroes bold

Whose fame is glorj to the State,
And future days with pride and joy

The tale of glory shall relate.

From "N. II.'s "walls went Ransom forth

Leading New England's gallant sons — •
The beau ideal of chivalry,

He sought the post where fame is w^on.
Upon the plains of Mexico

No braver foot has ever trod.
Nor ever did there purer blood

Stain red the trampled battle-sod.

'Twas at ('hapultepec he fell

When, sword in hand, he stormed the height,
Leading his men till death was met

Beneath the starry flag of light.
The Spanish Cortez, clad in mail.

Ne'er held, more brave, the battle's front
Than did this hero of " N. U."

This unmailed son of Old Vermont !

Peace smiled again upon the land

And back our soldiers marched with pride;
In happy homes war was forgot

And all the dangers which betide.
Another generation grew.

In this fair time, to man's estate
To take the place their fathers held

And mould the great Republic's fate.

And when rebellion raised its hand

To smite the hope of all the years.
Few other men in all the land

Rose quicker than our mountaineers
To meet and crush the hostile power

(By suicidal fury driven)
Which strove to wreck, in evil hour.

The fairest state to man e'er given.
They left their homes and dear ones there;

They left their hills, like torrents sweeping.
And on the southern plains so fair

They proved the cause of bitter weeping.

When war's red lightning flashed athwart our sky,
And cannon boomed like thunder from on high,
Then rushed into the fight " N. U.'s" brave sons
To meet the leaden hail of rebel guns.


On many battlefields they bravely stood,
In many struggles shed heroic blood.
The glory won by them in that dark day
A garland forms which filial hands may lay
Upon the brow of Alma Mater, proud
That with such sons she was so well endowed.

Then Dodge and Buel took the field;

And Milroy, Shedd and Bryant, brave,
With Seymour, drew the battle blade,

Their native land from death to save.
And 'neath the stars and stripes enrolled

Were Lewis, Seaver, Stoughton, true,
While poet Kent whose songs we love

Cast down his pen and donned the blue.

So Rice and Tenney, Alvord, Bean,

Kingsley and Kelton faced the foe.
While Carpenter upon the sea

Saw the red light of battle glow.
Three Ransom boys with eager feet

Trod in the footsteps of their sire;
For blood will tell, and they maintained

Their name and fame in battle's fire.

And Randall also, let his name

Not be forgotten here to-night;
He brought to Old " N. U." his fame—

His laurels bravely won in fight.
And "Jimmie" — what shall I say of him?

Has not the private soldier claim
' (Hard-earned in fight and prison-pen)

To some remembi'ance of his name?

Brave Clarke of Georgia, gallant soul,

For native state with fury fought,
Till Appomattox peaceful rolled

And om- old flag's reflection caught.
Then with the coiirage of the great,

He called the Stars and Stripes his own.
Feeling that God had ruled the State

And made one land and one alone.

Still other names — five hundred more —
Might claim with right to be enrolled
(For deeds of valor they have done)
Among our heroes brave and bold.
Too long the list — fair Olio faints.
To tell of all our warrior-saints.


Enough, if these shall but excite
Our sons to emulate in fight
The deeds which will arouse our pride
While love of country shall abide.

With others of the loyal North,

These saved the land to freedom given;
r^ffaced the footprints of the slave^

And saw each cruel fetter riven.
Again the flag of freedom floated

Without a single star obscured,
Without a single stripe polluted,

And freedom for all time secured.

They fought, their native land to save;

Their blood for native land was shed;
All honors to the living brave!

All honor to the noble dead!
The willows droop and sadly weep

O'er many a patriot-soldier's form;
Green grows the grass where low they sleep.

And keep, true hearts, their memories warm.

Home came our heroes from the fight,

Bedecked with laurel leaves of glory.
And welcome to our longing sight

As welcome to our ears their story.
We honor them for dangers passed — •

For toils and hardships they have borne;
May Time his frost but lightly cast

And their gray hairs be proudly worn.

And for the brave who ne'er came back —

Who left their bones upon the field —
A deathless fame we give to them

Who, for their country, life did yield.
On many a distant field they lie —

'Tis holy ground where'er they be —
From broad Potomac to the James,

And from Atlanta to the Sea.

From Vicksburg fo the (kilf their blood

Has hallowed the unconscious sod.
And in the Wilderness from which

Heroic souls went up to God.
Our heroes dead we mourn with pride.

And they our warmest love engage;
The nation lives because they died

To win our glorious heritage.


To them we give the word of praise;

To them we drop a heartfelt tear,
While loud we call on future days

To hold their mem'ry ever dear.

May coming years behold new glories shed
Upon "N. U., " while proud she lifts her head.
May brave young lives go hence into life's fray/
To dare and do where duty points the way.
And when another sixty years have stole
Into the past, upon our honor-roll
Let other names appear and proudly tell
Of those who tried to fight life's battle well.

All hail to you, Alumni, gathered here

To tread the peaceful walks in youth so dear;

To pay your tribute of fond love and praise

To old " N. U.," so loved in other days;

Tn days to come maj^ she have sons as brave

To offer life, when only life can save.

Of these her children, let the number swell

Who'll love as much and honor her as well;

And from this fount let streams of knowledge go.

As from our hills the laughing waters flow

May distant years this Institution see

Still prosp 'ring, and may kindly Fate decree

That every spot its students' feet may press

Shall be a spot which love and peace shall bless.

Et jamque vale. Softly speak the word.

'Tis hard to say farewell when hearts are stirred

By memories of youth, of love and joy

Which gnawing time can never quite destroy.

Yet we must say it, and from here depart

Like pilgrims turning with a heavy heart

From the shrine they've sought, o'er long and dusty way,

Where they in faith might their devotions pay.

So we, with all that brought us here in mind,

And backward glance at all we leave behind.

With lips that tremble, with the words they tell,

Say to you all, God bless you; and farewell



Tune: Heidelberg Song. '


Oh, Norwich, Ahna Plater, dear,

We pledge thy name today
For all the strife of years gone by

Has passed fore'er away;
We only seek thy honor now

AVhate'er our sign or name
For old " N. U., " so good, so true,

Holds all her sons the same,
For old "N. v.," so good, so true.

Holds all her sons the same.


Here's to the frat of white and red,

Here's to the white and blue.
Here's to the purple and silver grey,

To the hearts that are ever true;
Theta and Sig and Delta Kap,

Commons and grads of old,
We'll join in a toast that we love to drink.

Here's to maroon and gold.

The blue of Alpha Sigma Pi

Is truth, eternal, sure;
Devotion's red in Theta Chi,

Shall live forever more.
The white of purity unites

These two in one great whole;
Red, white and blue — brave, pure and true —

Shall ever be our goal.
Red, white and blue — brave, pure and true —

Shall ever be our goal.


Here's to the frat of white and red,

Here's to the white and blue.
Here's to the purple and silver grey,

To hearts that are ever true;
Theta and Sig and Delta Kap, etc.



Tune: America.


Our Alma Mater, queen,
Fair may she always seem

To every son;
And may her halls abound
With proudest laurels crowned,
As every foe is found

And vict'ry won.

We raise our song to thee,
To make thy praises be

Ever more loud;
And may the East and West,
The South and North be blest
With sons whose every quest

Shall make thee proud.

And as each year is o'er.
And time builds up the score

Of famous ones.
May thy name stand out bright
And shine by Wisdom's light
First in the nation's sight

For work well done.

The nation's banner waves,
O'er many heroes' graves

As freedom's told.
And strength is ever graced
By Wisdom's flag o'er faced
So by its side is placed

Maroon and gold.


Tune: Annie Lisle.


Hill and dale rebound the echoes

Of the swelling cry,
While afar the swiftest breezes.

Raise it still more high.
And the clouds that o 'er us hover

Roll the tide along,
Till the earth and sky are ringing,

This triumphant song.


Shout the vict'ries.
Praise her louder.
Keep her still in view.
Hail, all hail our Alma Mater,
Hail, all hail, "N. U."

As the years roll ever onward,

And the sun is seen,
May its light forever brighten

Alma Mater, queen.
May her line of sons illustrious

Great her praises tell
Till the sons as yet unheard of

Help this music swell.


Raise oiu- chorus.

Sing it louder.

Sing the song anew;

Hail, all hail, our Alma Mater,

Hail, all hail, "N. U."

Firm and right and ever steady

May she always stand.
Loved by many loyal hundreds

Whose all mighty hand
They will use to well protect her,

From each mortal foe.
And her name in blazing letters

To all ages show.


Shout the chorus.

Raise it higher,

To the Heaven's blue,

Hail, all hail, our Alma Mater,

Hail, all hail. "N. U."


" N. U." Charter and Legislative Acts.


An Act Incorporating and Establishing the Norwich University
AT Norwich, \\'indsor County, Vermont.

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

That there be, and hereby is, a Seminary of Learning, instituted, estab-
Hshed, and incorporated at Norwich, in ^^'indsor County, by the name and
style of the Norwich University, and that Messrs. Josiah Dana, Jedediah H.
Harris, Silas H. Jennisou, Caleb Keith, William Noble, David P. Noyes,
Sanuiel U. Allen, John Wright, Joshua Stowe, Isaac N. Cushman, Jonathan
P. Miller, William Sweatt, Hubbard II. Winchester, and Elijah Miller, shall
be, and hereby are constituted a body corporate and politic and together
with eleven others, to be by them elected at their first meeting, shall hereafter
be called and known by the name of " The Trustees of the Norwich University,' '
and that by that name they and their successors shall, and may have perpetual
succession, and shall and may be known in law, to plead and be impleaded,
defend and be defended against; answer and be answered unto, and also to
have, take, possess, acquire, purchase, or otherwise receive monies, lands,
tenements, hereditaments, goods, chattels, or estate, to the amount of one
hundred thousand dollars, and may grant, demise, lease, use, manage, or
improve the same for the good and benefit of said University according to
their discretion.

Sec. 2. It is hereby further enacted, that the said Trustees and their
successors shall and may have a common seal, to serve and use for all causes,
matters, and affairs of theirs and their successors, and the same may alter,
or make anew as they think fit.

Sec. 3. It is hereby further enacted, that the said Trustees may, and
shall at their first meeting, elect eleven other Trustees to fdl up said board;
also a President and Vice-President of said University; and a Secretary and
Treasurer of the board, which said President shall also be an ex-officio member
and President of the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 4. It is hereby further enacted, that there shall be a meeting
of said Trustees, in one of the buildings of the Institution, on the Thursday
next succeeding the third Wednesday of August, annually, and at such other
time and place as they shall see cause to appoint, to consult, advise, and act
in and about the affairs and business of said Institution; and at any time
when it may be deemed necessary the Officers of said Board may call special
meetings thereof, bj' giving notice by letter to said Board, eight days previous
to the time of said meeting. And at any meeting of said Board seven of its


members shall constitute a quorum, which may legally transact any business
proper for said Board to transact; and if the President, by leason of death,
disability, or other cause, shall not attend such meeting of the Board, then the
Vice-President of the University shall officiate as President -pro tern, of the
Board; and said Trustees and their successors, in any of their meetings assem-
bled as aforesaid, may fill any vacancy which may have occurred in their
own body, or remove any of their members for misdemeanor, immorality,
default, or incapacity, provided that seven of said corporation shall concur
therein, and shall have power to appoint professors or instructors, and all such
other officers and assistants as they shall fi.nd necessary and think fit to ap-
point, for the good management and promotion of said Institution, and them
or any of them, may remoA^e at their discretion.

Sec. 5. It is hereby further enacted, that the Trustees aforesaid shall
have and exercise govermnent of said Institution, together with the care
and management of all matters and affairs belonging thereto; and shall have
power to make and establish all such reasonable and proper laws, rules and
regulations, as may be necessary for governing, instructing and education
of the students, and the managing of said Institution, and the same may
repeal and alter from time to time, as they may see fit, provided the same be
not contrary to the constitution and laws of this State, or of the United States
(and provided also that no rules, laws, or regulations of a sectarian character,
either in religion or politics, shall be adopted or imposed, nor shall any student
ever be questioned or controlled on account of his religious or political belief
by said Board or the Faculty of said Institution, or any of them, either directly
or indirectly;) and said laws, rules and regulations shall be laid before the
Legislature of this State, whenever required by that body, and may by them,
be disallowed, altered or repealed.

Sec. 6. It is hereby further enacted, that the said Board shall be required
to furnish at said Institution, constantly, a course of military instruction,
both theoretical and practical, and also of civil engineering, and the practical
sciences generally. And the President of said Institution, with the consent
of the Trustees, shall have power to give and confer all such diplomas, degrees,
honors, or licenses, as are usually given or conferred in colleges or universities
at their discretion, provided, however, that in so doing, they shall have re-
spect to the morals and merits of the candidate alone.

Sec. 7. It is hereby further enacted, that the persons of the president,
vice-president, professors, instructors, or assistants, and students, shall he
exempted from all rates, taxes, or military duties. And the buildings belonging
to said Institution, and all lands necessary for exercise, agricultural and
horticultural purposes, and other conveniences, not however, exceeding
two hundred acres, shall be exemptetl from all taxes or rates whatever.

Sec. 8. It is hereby further enacted, that the Governor of this State
be, and hereby is empowered and required to issue to said Trustees and their
successors, a charter of incorporation, made in due form of law, agreeably
to this act, previous to the first meeting of said Trustees, which shall take
place at the University building, on the first \\'ednesday of December, A. D.,
one thousand eight hundred and thirtj^-four.

Sec. 9. Provided, nevertheless, and it is hereby [further enacted'Jthat
the Legislature shall have power to alter, amend or disallow said charter


whenever sufficient cause for so doing shall, in their estimation exist, any-
thing in this act to the contrary notwithstanding.
Passed, November 6th, 1834.

NO. 17 UNDER ACTS OF 1835.

An Act Directing the Treasurer to Pay T. B. Ransom the 8um Therein


It is herehij enacted by the General Asse7nbly of the ^Statc of ] 'crmont:
That the treasurer be, and he is hereby, directed to pay T. B. Ransom
the sum of seventy-five dollars, out of any money in the treasury not other-
wise appropriated; it being for his services in revising the militia law as re-
ported by said committee.
Passed, Nov. 2, 1835.

NO. 93 UNDER ACTS OF 1835.

An Act Directing the Quartermaster General to Loan to Captain
Alden Partridge one Hundred and Fifty Stands of Arms.

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
That the quarter master general, be, and hereby is, directed to loan
to Captain Alden Partridge, of Norwich, one hundred and fifty muskets, and
bayonets fitted to the same, out of any arms belonging to this State, not now
in use; taking from said Alden Partridge a receipt for said arms, with a
promise to return the same on demand, and embracing any other conditions and
regulations which the quarter master general may deem proper, for the safe
keeping and re-delivery of said arms.
Passed, Nov. 6, 1835.

An Act in Addition to an Act Incorpor.\ting the Norwich University
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
That the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Norwich Uni-
versity shall hereafter be holden on the third Wednesday in August, annually,
instead of the time provided in the act of incorporation.
Approved by the Governor, Oct. 2G. 1837.

An Act in Addition to an Act Incorporating Norwich University.

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