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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. & the Civil War

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. - 1924

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. - 1924

Washington, DC
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. served in the Union Army from 1861-64 and was wounded three times in battle. In this program, a panel of scholars looks at the impact of the Civil War on the life of the future Supreme Court Justice, including how his time as a soldier shaped his law career. The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted this discussion.

Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 10:15am (ET)

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