444 History of Wake Forest College
reopening of the College in January, 1866.22 At the same time Rev.
William Royall was named agent with a salary of $75 a month.23
About this time Professor W. G. Simmons went with his family to
Warren County24 but he returned in February, 1863, when he and
Professor William Royall opened a seminary for girls in the College
Building. They had a liberal patronage, but the price of provisions
rose so rapidly that they were unable to supply them from the amount
of the fees charged, and at the close of the first session the school was
discontinued .25
In September, 1863, the Confederate Government made requisition
for the College Building for use as a hospital, but did not take
possession until June, 186426 from which time they continued to use it
until the close of the War. The Government also built several wooden
houses on the Campus, which the Trustees sold after 1866, and
applied the proceeds to much needed repairs on the College
Wingate like all the other officers of the College, as has been said,
was an ardent partisan of the Confederacy.28 After the suspension of
the Exercises he held pastorates at Oxford, Franklinton
22 L. R. Mills, "Our College," Wake Forest Student, III, 313.
23 Proceedings, p. 132. As late as July 29, 1863, Rev. Elias Dodson was urging
in the Biblical Recorder that an agent be kept in the field to collect subscriptions.
24 See his advertisement for a "youth who can read well." He was asked to
address him at Macon depot. Biblical Recorder, December, 1862-January, 1863.
25 Mills, L. R., loc. cit. Dr. Wait was very reluctant to have the College close. In a
letter dated May 20, 1862, which appeared in the Biblical Recorder of May 28,
1862, he says that he has heard of the suggestion to open a "promiscuous school,"
(probably a school for both sexes) in the College, and he calls upon the Trustees to
be prepared to consider it at a meeting on June 10, and continues: "If our classes are
disbanded and go home, we shall have a long and uphill labor in commencing
In October, 1863, Professor J. H. Mills, proposed to the Trustees to rent the
College Building for a Female School, and the matter was referred to a Committee.
Probably the requisition of the building by the Confederate Government prevented
consideration of the proposal. Proceedings, p. 133.
26 L. R. Mills, loc. cit., Wait, notice of Trustee meeting, Biblical Recorder,
September 21, 1863.
27 Letter of J. S. Purefoy, Biblical Recorder.
28 North Carolina Baptist Historical Papers, III, 18.
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