These pages are dedicated to the memory of all the men from North Carolina that fought in the Civil War.
A SINGLE CLASS FROM THE UNIVERSITY Fayetteville Observer, Monday, October 3, 1864 The following from the Raleigh Conservative furnishes a remarkable history of the class that was last graduated from the University of North Carolina previous to the breaking out of the war. It consisted of 81 members, hailing from ten states and of these it will be seen that sixty of these are known to be or to have been in the army; of whom fifteen have been killed, one died in the service, two resigned on account of ill health, one resigned on account of wounds, one resigned for reasons not stated, and forty are still in the army. Most of the twenty one who are not enumerated in the Conservative’s list were from distant states and doubtless they too are or have been in the army. Of the Senior Class of 1859-60: Sydenham B. Alexander—Captain, 42nd N.C. Regiment Lawrence M. Anderson-Killed at Shiloh Isaac T. Atmore-Killed in Virginia Alexander Barrett—Lieutenant 49th N.C. Regiment Junius C. Battle—Killed at Sharpsburg Lewis Bond—Captain and Ordinance Officer (first initial faded) H. Borden—Lieutenant 50th N.C. Regiment Sterling Brickel—Captain 12th N.C. and resigned in consequence of wounds W.M. Brooge(?)—in the 41st Regiment Charles Bruce, Jr.—Killed in one of the battles around Richmond Capt. George P. Bryan—Recently killed below Richmond Pierce M. butler—Belongs to the 2nd S.C. Cavalry Alexander T. Cole—In the 23rd Regiment Daniel R. Coleman—In the 20th Regiment R.E. Cooper—Chaplain in Cobb’s Legion Thomas W. Cooper—Lieutenant, 11th Regiment, killed at Gettysburg S. Venable Daniel—Lieutenant in the 17th Regiment Thomas W. Davis—1st Lieutenant in the 8th Regiment, resigned on account of bad health E.L. Drake—In a Tennessee regiment Jno. D. Fain—Captain in the 32nd Regiment Horace Ferrend—In a Louisiana Regiment J.O.A. Fogle—In a Georgia Regiment Samuel R. Franklin—Died C.E. Gay—In a Mississippi Regiment James A. Graham—Lieutenant in the 27th Regiment Charles Haigh—In the 63rd Regiment C.E. Hale, Jr.—Assistant Adjutant General to General J.H. Lane E.J. Hardin—Lieutenant & Adjutant General to Colonel Mallett of the Conscript Bureau William J. Headen—1st Lieutenant, 26th Reg’t. and had been elected for the second time to the state legislature from Chatham County W.W. Henry—In the western army S.A. Hightower—In the 26th Louisiana Thomas G. Holliday—Captain and Assistant Adjutant General to General Davis, killed R.B.B. Houston—Lieutenant 5th Regiment, resigned H.F. Jones—Aid to General Young, killed Walter J. Jones—Is in one of our heavy artillery regiments W.J. King—Is in the Medical Department at Richmond J.B. Lutterich—Lieutenant in the 56th Regiment, killed at Gum Swamp Eugene S. Martin—Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion Heavy Artillery George S. Martin—Killed James B. McClellan—Killed James C. McClelland—Died E.T. McKethan—Lieutenant 51st Regiment A.N. McKimmon—In the Quartermaster Department at Raleigh James McKimm—Lieutenant in Manly’s Battery Cornelius Mebane(?)—Adjutant of the 6th Regiment J.W. Mebane—Captain in the Army of Tennessee William T. Nicholson—Captain in the 37th Regiment & Judge Advocate to Wilcox’s Division Ct. O.W. Pearce—41st Regiment R.G. Pitman—Is in the Engineer Department George D. McQuarles—Dead Iowa Royster—Lieutenant in the 37th Regiment, killed at Gettysburg E.(or F.) B. Sanders—Is in the 35th Regiment Joseph H. Saunders—Major of the 33rd Regiment and a prisoner E.D. Scales—Is a Commissary Farquhard Smith and Norfleet Smith—Are in the 41st Regiment Thomas L. Smith—Killed Ed G. Sterling—Died in service R.J. Sykes—Is in a Mississippi Regiment G.W. Taylor—Is an Assistant Surgeon John H. Thorp—Captain in the 47th Regiment Samuel P. Weir—Lieutenant in the 46th Regiment, killed at Fredericksburg George L. Wilson—Died William A. Wooster—Captain in the 1st Regiment and killed in one of the Battles around Richmond Fayetteville Observer, Monday, July 27, 1863 Correspondence of the Fayetteville Observer, Chapel Hill, July 22, 1863 A very melancholy addition may now be made to the instances of mortality of the Class of Graduates for 1860 given in your paper a short time since. Three of the eight who received the first distinction—Battle, Wilson, and Wooster were then in the grave. Iowa Royster, who delivered the Salutation Oration in a manner that attracted universal attention is among the slain at Gettysburg. He was appointed Tutor of Rhetoric and Elocution immediately after graduation and held the office at the time of his death. George P. Bryan, another of the eight, appointed tutor at the same time with Lt. Royster and holding the same rank in the cavalry, you will remember was recently wounded and is now a prisoner. Lt. Thomas W. Cooper of Bertie, who received the second distinction, and Major Joseph H. Saunders of the 38th regiment repose with Royster on the same fatal field of Gettysburg. They were all brave men and there is no one of them whose memory will not be cherished by the surviving members of the class as mentally and morally worthy of the confidence and esteem. Major Saunders was the son of Rev. Joseph H. Saunders who 40 years ago was tutor of Ancient Languages in this institution and grandson of the late venerable Simmons J. Baker, M.D., for so many years one of our most efficient trustees. The son was in all respects worthy of his lineage. He volunteered and served as a private in Captain Ashe’s Chapel Hill Company in the Bethel Regiment and rose by successive promotions to the rank he held at the time of his death. He was regarded by all who knew him not merely as a brave man and a gentleman but an officer of unusual promise. Captain Fletcher Freeland, who commanded the Chapel Hill Company, was slightly wounded and has returned to his family. His three lieutenants, John H. McDade, a graduate of the University, James W. Williams and Nathaniel B. Tinney, Sgt. Wm. Whitted, Corp. Spencer Durham and Private William Sugg, were killed. Besides Major Saunders, mentioned above, Capt. John H. Whitaker, another of our graduates, son of Col. Spier Whitaker, of this place, was killed at Fairfax a few days since. Lt. Wm. N. Mickle, of the 37th Regiment, fell by the side of Royster at Gettysburg. Capt. Edward Graham Morrow and Lt. Lewis Battle of the 28th and Garland Ryan of Captain Freeland’s Company are wounded and prisoners. Capt. M. Fetter, James Campbell, John Campbell, Wesley Harwood, Gabriel Johnston, and Edward Martin, privates, are the only villagers as yet to have passed unscathed through this dreadful conflict.