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Civil War. After the War he taught during the years 1865-89 in
Hertford County, during four years of that time, 1881-84, being
Superintendent of Public Instruction for the county. In 1889 he moved
to Seaboard, and a few years later to Wake Forest and conducted
schools in both places. Like his classmates Rhodes also served as a
soldier in the Confederate States Army. After the War he taught for
the years 1865 to 1878 in North Carolina, after which he moved to
Florida, and settled at Keysville. Taylor was associated with Boushall
in the conduct of the Reynoldson-Chowan Institute in the years before
the War; like Boushall he also entered the army where he attained the
rank of major in the Fifth North Carolina Infantry. He died on
October 3, 1867. Though White has already been mentioned under the
head of "Preachers," his principal work was teaching, in which he was
engaged except for the period of the Civil War, from his graduation
until his death. He taught first at Clayton, then at Raleigh and then
again at Clayton, and in other places.
Abram Wimbish Poindexter of Richmond, Virginia, is the only one
after the class of 1860 who may be classed as a teacher; in the year
after his graduation he taught in Alabama. With the opening of the
War he returned to Virginia and entered the Confederate States Army,
and attained the rank of captain. He was killed at the battle of the
Crater, July 30, 1864; his younger brother, William Jordan
Poindexter, also a student of the College, 1860-61, had been killed in
the Peninsula Campaign in 1861. Thus robbed of his two sons, the
venerable A. M. Poindexter was left desolate and disconsolate.
In the class of 1861 were two, who after serving four full years in
the Confederate States Army attained the highest rank in the teaching
profession, both being professors of great renown and success in
Wake Forest College; these were Luther Rice Mills of Halifax
County, Virginia, brother of John Haymes Mills, and William Bailey
Royall. The story of these will be found in the later history of the
College. Still one other member of this class attained high place, both
because of his native talent and patriotism and for his interest in
education. This was Thomas Fentress Toon
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