For Duty and Destiny

For Duty and Destiny

The Life and Civil War Diary of William Taylor Stott, Hoosier Soldier and Educator

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Stott's diary reveals a soldier who was also a scholar in camp and on the march, one who took every available moment to read theology, philosophy, great literary works, and a few novels. He also had a playful side, slyly exposing a dry wit and a sense ofhumor that can sneak up on the reader.

Blackwell Publishing
William Taylor Stott was a native Hoosier and an 1861 graduate of Franklin College, who later became the president who took the college from virtual bankruptcy in 1872 to its place as a leading liberal arts institution in Indiana by the turn of the century. The story of Franklin College is the story of Stott, yet his influence was not confined to the school's parameters. Stott was an inspirational and intellectual force in the Indiana Baptist community, a foremost champion of small denominational colleges and of higher education in general, and a figure of note in local politics and in the Grand Army of the Republic. He also fought in the Eighteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, rising from private to captain by 1863.

Stott's diary reveals a soldier who was also a scholar in camp and on the march, one who took every available moment to read theology, philosophy, great literary works, the classics of ancient Greece and Rome, and a few novels. He was as familiar with Burns and Byron as he was with ramrods and knapsacks. While amazingly ecumenical for that era, he was nonetheless a Baptist through and through, insisting on baptism only by immersion and displaying a hatred of alcohol and its effects on his comrades. A scion of Baptist preachers, Stott championed temperance in the army and inherited an antislavery fervor that prompted his belief that, in God's eyes, there were no walls erected between the races. He loved solitude, embraced nature, and contemplated its lessons in periods of reflection and self-cultivation. Many were his meditations on God, humanity, race, and relations between the sexes. Stott the thinker, however, had a playful side, slyly exposing a dry wit and a sense of humor that can sneak up on the reader.

Publisher: Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780871952905
0871952904
Branch Call Number: 973.7472 St76f
Characteristics: xiii, 536 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hunter, Lloyd Arthur 1940-

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