FROM THE ARCHIVES: 128 Years Ago
To Many, James Evans is merely a name engraved on the Centennial Stairs. But to three decades of Norwich students, he was an endearing father figure. From South Wales, Evans came to the U.S. in 1860 and served with the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Captured at the Battle of Chickamauga, he was held prisoner by the Confederates for 15 months. After the war, he reenlisted with the 5th U.S. Infantry in a company commanded by Capt. Charles Curtis, NU Class of 1861. In 1869, then-NU President Curtis persuaded Evans, 36, to take a position as armorer and janitor. Known affectionately as “Uncle Jim,” Evans became a much-loved confidant of cadets and faculty alike. – d.l.w.