616 History of Wake Forest College
hope of providing a better ministry would be greatly retarded,
possibly ended, by "the unjust and unhallowed war, which has been
inaugurated in our once happy and prosperous
country."23
Even sadder is the following from the report of the Board to the
Convention in November, 1862:
Early in May it became necessary to suspend the operation of Wake Forest
College, owing partly to the Conscription Law which included most of the students
in attendance. With this suspension falls for the time being, the most prominent
object which the Convention sought to promote. Most of the beneficiaries who were
connected with the College last year, are now or have been usefully employed as
teachers, colporters or privates in the army. One noble and generous hearted youth,
a beneficiary, fell while in process of preparation to meet the invading foe, and was
brought back to us with the dying request to be buried in the College grave-yard,
thus showing his love for the sacred spot
24
After this, in accord with the instructions of the Convention, the
Board used what money it could collect for the education of the
children of soldiers who lost their lives in the
service.25
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23
Minutes of the Convention of 1861, p. 17.
24
This was E. B. Salmons, of Wilkes County, mentioned above.
25
See the Convention minutes for 1862, 1868, 1864.
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