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The college will test its emergency alert system on Wednesday (Sept. 2) at 12:30 p.m. As a part of the test, all faculty, staff, and students should receive an email, phone call, and text message at or around the common hour.

George W. Tallmon

Camp Kirkwood
Clinton Aug. 29, /62

Reverend & dear Sir, [Aaron Chapin]
          In these times, when the freemen & patriots of the great loyal north are rushing with a common impulse to their countri'es [sic] standard to rescue our God-given & inestimable blessings of civil & religious liberty from the imperous [sic] efforts of an alienated & discomfited faction, who would overthrow them, tho, themselves perish in the common ruin, you will not be surprised to hear that I have also left the duties & gladsome associations of civil life and given myself a willing sacrifice for my countri'es good. I have seen my neighbors and friends in numbers go before me, & from my heart bade them Godspeed, but could not feel it my own duty to leave a prosperous career of teaching & a large sphere of usefulness to embark in such an enterprise, while there remains so many who make themselves of little use or a positive injury to society, who, as I thought could do its duties much better than myself. But the time has come, when every lover of his country & humanity should come to freedoms rescue; when we can no longer trust our blessed inheritance to the defence [sic] of street loafers or wandering vagabonds, (not that I could say that all the soldiers before ware [sic] such); when every thing less must be sacrificed for the salvation of the whole, & every just means used for the security and accomplishment of permanent success. Hence am I among the earnest & active defenders of our beloved institutions. I know the dangers & trials, temptations & privations of a soldiers life; & I ask the prayers of my christian [friends] every where. Pary [sic] for me!
     I am in the 20 regiment of Iowa Volunteers, Company E, Captain Bavrey. We will be a [sic] St. Lewis soon. Please remember me to all my friends, & if convenient hand this letter round among them.
     With much gratitude to you for past kindness, and deep respect for you character & well wishes for your welfare, I subscribe myself your truly,
                Geo. W. Tallmon.