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    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. 

    Transcribed by Christine Spencer, July 2007 & February 2008

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