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6 November 1863: “I must express to you the great gratification and interest felt in perusing the report, which will be filed at this office with pride as a North Carolinian”

Item Description: Letter, 6 November 1863, from Col. Peter Mallett, Commandant for Conscripts, to University of North Carolina President David L. Swain, notifying Swain of the War Department’s acceptance of his request to exempt UNC seniors from conscription. [Item transcription available … Continue reading

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8 September 1863: “I will have to furnish my own spyglass…”

Item description:  Letter, dated 8 September 1863, from John S. Henderson to his mother, Mary Ferrand Henderson.  He writes while a student at Chapel Hill, discussing recent casualties of men from Rowan county, boarding costs and options, and his desire to … Continue reading

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22 December 1862: “Mr. H. was absent from the final examination without permission. His general deportment has been good.”

Item description: Report card, dated 22 December 1862, for John Steele Henderson, a student at the University of North Carolina. More about John Steele Henderson: John Steele Henderson (1846-1916) was born in North Carolina, the son of Archibald and Mary Henderson. … Continue reading

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28 August 1862: “Very soon after I left last January nearly all the students left and went to war; some were called out by the draft some were taken by the Conscription law and some went voluntarily, So nearly all left…”

Item description: In this letter of 28 August 1862, Preston H. Sessoms writes from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., to his sister Bettie. Sessoms tells his sister that only 50 students are enrolled, and board is expensive. … Continue reading

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5 June 1862: “Commencement Ball Announcement, Complimentary to The Graduating Class”

Item description: A commencement ball invitation from 5 June 1862. As the war progressed the student body at the University of North Carolina began to change drastically. By the fall of 1861, only 91 students remained at the University after many … Continue reading

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21 May 1862: “all but five of those in attendance were subject to military rule, it was thought advisable to suspend…”

Item description: Article, “W.F. College Suspended,” as published in the 21 May 1862 issue of the Hillsborough Recorder (republished from the Biblical Recorder) on the suspension of classes at Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University). Item citation: “W.F. College … Continue reading

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29 January 1862: “[Capt. McDade] does not consider any student, not a resident of Orange liable to drill or draft.”

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. Item citation: From folder 219 in … Continue reading

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5 October 1861: “The Philanthropic Society have heard with painful feelings of the death of one of its most distinguished ornaments.”

Item description: Minutes from a 5 October 1861 meeting of the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina. Minutes note society business and debates, and contain committee reports and society resolutions. This particular set of minutes includes a resolution … Continue reading

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30 August 1861: “Would it be advisable for the Confederate Government under existing circumstances to act on the offensive?”

Item description: Minutes from a 30 August 1861 meeting of the Philanthropic Society of the University of North Carolina. Minutes note society business and debates, and contain committee reports and society resolutions. This particular entry notes the evening’s question for … Continue reading

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14 August 1861: “There are only three boys in the Senior class, four in the Junior, four in the Sophomore and eleven in the Freshman’s class.”

Item description:  Prior to enrolling in the University of North Carolina, John Steele Henderson attended a preparatory school near Melville, N.C. The school was run by Dr. Alexander Wilson. In this letter home to his mother, dated 14 August 1861, … Continue reading

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