James P. Cadman studied in the college's Preparatory Department and then went on to graduate from the college in 1863. After graduation he served in the 11th Michigan Cavalry. The College Archives contain several of his diaries and class notebooks as well as his cavalry gloves, musket balls, and cartridge pouch.
James P. Cadman was a student at Kalamazoo College, initially studying in the Preparatory Department and then at the college level. He graduated in 1863 and then served in the cavalry during the Civil War. This diary, written between January and May of 1858, gives details of both his family life and student life. It also mentions his fellow students, recreational activities, the weather, and local shops in downtown Kalamazoo.