Book Returned to Washington and Lee Library -- 52,858 Days Late

April 16, 2009

Washington and Lee University has announced the return of a book to its library -- 52,858 days late. The book wasn't actually borrowed, but was taken by a Union soldier during the Civil War, when troops moved through Lexington, Va. in 1864. From an inscription written by the soldier, it appears that he thought he was taking the book from the library of the Virginia Military Institute (which is a neighbor to Washington and Lee). The book -- the first volume of W.F.P. Napier’s four-volume set, History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France -- was passed on through generations. The most recent owner decided to figure out the book's owner and returned it to Washington and Lee.

Be the first to know.
Get our free daily newsletter.


+ -

Expand commentsHide comments  —   Join the conversation!

Opinions on Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed’s Blog U

What Others Are Reading

  • Viewed
  • Past:
  • Day
  • Week
  • Month
  • Year
Back to Top