Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
William Tecumseh Sherman was the first President. He resigned before the start of the second session to take a command in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. The student body joined the Confederate forces.
The seminary was closed during the war and was reopened in 1865 under the leadership of David French Boyd, a member of the original five-man faculty.
A four year period of post war hardships was climaxed in 1869 by a fire which destroyed the seminary building. Classwork was resumed two weeks later in a building housing the State School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge.
In 1870 the seminary was designated as the Louisiana State University and seven years later the university and the Agricultural and the Mechanical College, which previously had been located in New Orleans, were merged.
In 1886 the University was moved to the Pentagon Barracks historic military post situated on the grounds of the present State Capitol.
Steady growth of its student body and extension services led to the building of this "Greater University", envisioned by the President
Location. 30° 24.865′ N, 91° 10.703′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker is on Tower Drive 0.1 miles south of Dalrymple Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baton Rouge LA 70803, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana State Seminary of Learning Foundation Stone (a few steps from this marker); Land Grant College / Sea Grant College (a few steps from this marker); Campanile (within shouting distance of this marker); The Louisiana State University (within shouting distance of this marker); Troy H. Middleton (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); LSU Campus Mounds (approx. ¼ mile away); Steve Van Buren (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jim Taylor (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baton Rouge.
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