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In Vermont, fire severely damages Norwich University

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The main building at Norwich University in Norwich, Vermont, known as the Old South Barracks, was destroyed after a fire broke out in an unoccupied upstairs room.  No serious injuries were reported but the devastating fire almost closed the institution and it moved later that year to Northfield, Vermont.  It survived, though, and remains the oldest private military university in the United States. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Fires," New York Times, March 15, 1866, p. 5. 


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