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31 July 1861: “Students who were with us at the opening of the present year are now to be found in arms under the banners of every State in the Confederacy…”

Item description: Circular letter, 31 July 1861, from UNC President David Swain to students discouraging them from enlisting in the Confederate Army.  Since 1795, he writes, nothing had occurred to cause the university to close, and he did not anticipate … Continue reading

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6 June 1861: University of North Carolina commencement ball invitation and photograph of graduation marshals

Item 1 description: Invitation to the University of North Carolina commencement ball, 6 June 1861. Item 1 citation: From “University of North Carolina commencement, ball programs and other invitations,” catalog #VC378 UL, North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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17 May 1861: “Which gives the greatest incentive to action, the hope of reward or the fear of punishment.”

Item description: Minutes from a 17 May 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 details passage of … Continue reading

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1 May 1861: “[The Faculty] beg leave to intimate to parents and guardians the propriety of restraining the anxiety so natural to the young and inexperienced to rush prematurely into military service.”

Item desciption: Circular letter from UNC President David L. Swain. North Carolina was three weeks from officially seceding when President David L. Swain issued the first of these circulars. He urged parents and guardians of university students to restrain their … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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22 April 1861: “Everybody here is talking about war. Many have gone to hunt it up.”

Item description: This letter from John Wesley Halliburton to his fiancee and future-wife Juliet Halliburton, written several weeks before his graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1861, describes an incident where he delivered a pro Union speech at … Continue reading

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20 April 1861: “This is probably the first flag raised, on which N. Carolina has been numbered with the seceding states.”

Item description: Letter, Edward Hall Armstrong to Thomas G. Armstrong, Chapel Hill, N.C., 20 April 1861. Edward Hall Armstrong, of Wilmington, N.C., was a student at the University of North Carolina from 1858 to 1861. On 20 April 1861, he … Continue reading

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