27 April 1861: “For the last five or six days eight or ten have left per day and many more are only waiting to receive money– to leave”

Item description: A petition by students to University of North Carolina Board of Trustees on behalf of the first-year, sophomore, and junior classes requesting the suspension of college duties so that students can prepare for war.

Transcription of item: http://docsouth.unc.edu/true/mss06-08/mss06-08.html

Item citation: From folder 218 in the University of North Carolina Papers #40005, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More about this item:

Harry Hill Price (b. 1842) of New Orleans, LA, was a student and member of the Philanthropic Society for the 1860-61 academic year. He left the University in 1861 to join the Confederate army. A lawyer and judge, he received his BA degree in 1911 “as of 1862.”

Robert Bruce Peebles (1841-1916) of Northampton County, NC, entered the University in 1859, was a member of the Philanthropic Society, and joined the Confederate army in 1862. He became a lawyer, a member of the NC House of Representatives (1869, 1895-97), a superior court judge (1903-12), and a University trustee (1874-1903).

Willoughby F. Avery (1843-1876) from Morganton, NC, was a student for the 1860-61 academic year and a member of the Dialectic Society. He served in the Confederate army, became a journalist, and received an honorary BA degree posthumously in 1911.

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