Tag Archives: ROTC

Military Training in the Schools, 1914-1918

For my post on August Sundvall, the first former Bethel student to die in the First World War, I drew on an obituary published in a 1920 book about Fort Sheridan, where Sundvall had trained to become an officer. In the book’s introduction, the camp’s former commandant, Brig. Gen. J.A. Ryan, bemoaned the failure of American education […]

Archbishop John Ireland reviews St. Thomas cadets in 1917

WWI on Twin Cities Campuses

How typical was Bethel’s experience of the century of modern warfare that started in 1914? While we’ll stay fairly close to Bethel for the project itself, early on in my research I’ve been dabbling with the history of some of Bethel’s peers: neighbors in the Twin Cities and other Christian colleges. So today I’ll kick off an occasional […]