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of Columbus County. Even before the Commencement he had
volunteered for the service in the Confederate States Army; "On
February 26, 1863, he was elected Colonel of the Twentieth Regi-
ment; on May 31, 1864, was appointed Brigadier General, and on the
4th of June was assigned to command Johnston's North Carolina
Brigade. He followed the fortunes of Lee, Jackson, Early and Ewell in
all important engagements, unless deterred by some of the five
wounds he received in battle."3 After the War he taught in his native
county, and in 1891 he settled in Robeson, engaging in farming,
"thanking God that he had one arm with which to serve his country."4
In the political revolution in North Carolina in which Aycock was
elected Governor, Toon was elected State Superintendent of Public
Instruction. He had started to carry out the educational policies that
Aycock had championed on the stump when he was overtaken by
death, February 19, 1902.
Of the young men who, though on the field of battle, received their
bachelor's degree in 1862, one was Junius H. Dunn of Wake County,
who after the War taught for a few years in his native county. In 1869
he moved to Henderson.
Of those who attained success in educational work although they
did not graduate at Wake Forest or any other college, mention should
be made of Josiah Bridges Solomon of Franklin County, of whom
record has been made under the head of "Preachers." As was told
there, from 1870 to 1873 he was Professor of English at the
University of West Virginia; from 1873 to 1875 he was president of
Monongahela College, in Pennsylvania.
Seven of those who received their training at Wake Forest became
presidents of colleges. These were Archibald McDowell, Chowan
College; J. B. Solomon, Monongahela College; Washington Manly
Wingate, Wake Forest College; John Haymes Mills, Oxford College;
Thomas Henderson Pritchard, Wake Forest College, Andrew Jackson
Emerson, Howard Payne College, Texas; Solomon Green O'Bryan,
Bosqueville College, Waco, Texas. In
3 Toon's own sketch of the 20th Regiment, North Carolina Regiments, I, 125 f.
4 The story goes that a passing traveler seeing a one-armed man-who was
Toon―plowing, hailed him, and inquired of the cause, when he received the reply:
"I thank God that I have one arm still to serve my country."