Item description: University of North Carolina President David Swain writes to Charles Manly, the secretary-treasurer of the university’s Board of Trustees, that he had spoken with local Confederate militia Captain McDade. Swain explains that drafting students appeared unlikely.
Chapel Hill 29 Jan. 1862
My dear Sir,
I have just had a conference with Capt. McDade who commands the Chapel Hill company and find that he does not consider any student, not a resident of Orange liable to drill or draft. Three young men left us yesterday who were drafted in the counties from which they came. Among them was young Richardson about whom I wrote you yesterday. If subject to draft at home they cannot reasonably be considered liable here. If Gov. Clarke and Genl. Martin concur in this construction, no reference to the Trustees will be necessary
It is a matter of vital importance to us, and ought to be settled at once.
I write in great haste, as the mail is closing,
Very truly Yours
D. L. Swain