Luke Frigon ’18 has wanted to attend Gettysburg College since he was around eight years old, he claims. He is now in his senior year and has risen to become President of Student Senate. Philanthropy, fundraising or personal relations (alumni relations) are his desired landing spots for life after graduation — and he eventually wants to get a law degree and then practice or run for an office.
He enjoys “talking to people who are invested in certain communities.” I talked to Frigon on why Gettysburg had been his desired landing spot around a decade before he would make the decision to come to Gettysburg College.
Andy Milone: You’re a History major and a Civil War Era Studies minor. Have you always been interested in the Civil War?
Luke Frigon: I am here because my grandfather was a Civil War historian. That’s the root cause. He had these hundreds and hundreds of books on the Civil War, and when I was a little kid, I would go over to his house, and we would read them; I would even take some home. For my twelfth birthday, my present was a trip to Gettysburg, so I have always loved the Civil War, and I have always loved history. And I think the natural progression of that love was to go to school here in Gettysburg and study exactly what I have my entire life. When I say that I wanted to go here as an eight year old, my thought process was based on solely the Civil War. As I got older, I then began to realize that this is a pretty nice school after I visited a couple more times.
AM: Is there any particular figure or leader in the Civil War that you admire?
LF: There was this Civil War soldier named Edwin Coe, from the 57th Massachusetts Infantry, and he wasn’t a private, but he wasn’t a high ranking officer. He was 19 years old when he was killed at the Battle of Petersburg. Last summer, I worked for the National Park Service in Petersburg, and I got to handle his personal items and sword. When you ask someone who they admire in the Civil War, they are going to say Robert E. Lee or Abraham Lincoln or Ulysses S. Grant, but this kid was shot in the head at Petersburg leading a charge. I have a tattoo of his sword, and I like him because he wasn’t a general or a president or someone well known, but he was a kid, who unfortunately died in a muddy field. That’s more representative of the experience in the Civil War way more than those heroes of the Civil War.