Two days after joining the faculty of Dickinson College, Thomas Cooper delivers an exhaustive lecture on chemistry before the students and the Board of Trustees. This lecture is probably among the earliest of its kind published in America.
These letters from Alexander Kelly McClure, a powerful Pennsylvania Whig/Republican, touch on the rise of the party, the election of Governor Andrew Curtin, and the maintenance of an effective war footing for the state during the Civil War.
Retired scientist, educator, and amateur historian Charles F. Himes combines his interests with a short but studied life of Thomas Cooper, one of his famous predecessors on the Dickinson College faculty.
A young infantryman serving in the 41st Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserves, Thomas W. Dick writes to his father, mother, and siblings during his participation in training, recruiting, and then fighting during the American Civil War.