144 History of Wake Forest College
Banner," with much skill and great military pride, impressing the
young men as one who would have made a great general. Then they
organized "Wake Forest Invincibles" with J. C. Dockery, who had had
some military training, as Captain, after which President Wait
addressed them as follows:
Young gentlemen, you must recollect the deeds of the heroes of the
Revolution-of Washington, Lafayette, Putnam, and your own ancestors; imitate
their example. If your country is ever invaded, defend it. Be men; set your mark
high. If you try to throw over the moon, you will throw higher than if you throw
over a bush. If we ultimately succeed in making this a great institution, it will
depend in no small degree on the efforts of those who have been the first to enter as
After the address the company marched with flying banner and to
the music of flute and drum around the grove, then a half mile along
the big road, where they met and captured a jenet. On her without
saddle or bridle they placed their captain and returned in triumph,
yelling at the top of their voices. The music and the drill cured those
who were homesick and after that they could not have been driven
away. They had fallen in love with the place and with one another. 30
How long this amateur company was kept up is not known. It was
probably discontinued altogether when Major Dockery left with
Professor Armstrong for Europe in the summer of 1837. The Board of
Trustees had voted against the petition of the students to be allowed to
form a military company.31
It must be considered greatly to the credit of both faculty and
students that the Institute was little disturbed by disorder. It was a day
when disorder was common. Until the "College Building" became
available, the Institute must have been carried on under very adverse
conditions. Students were crowded four or five in a room, some of
whom were often very uncongenial roommates. The accommodations
in the way of dining room, chapel, society halls, etc., were very crude.
It was the summer of 1836
30 This account is condensed from Ingram, Wake Forest Student, XIII, 193 f.
31 Proceedings, p. 23.
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