Benjamin F. Hayes papers, 1854, n.d.


Contains a journal and a bound volume of lecture notes by Bates professor Benjamin F. Hayes. The journal was begun in the 1850s to record a wide range of interests from slavery to phrenology, and includes a red piece of cloth purported to be a piece of the flag which was raised over the mansion house in Alexandria by Col. E. E. Ellsworth just before his assassination. Ellsworth is often claimed to be the first casualty of the Civil War.