8 History of Wake-Forest College
request that at a meeting of the Board at the College on October 11,
1866, he offered his resignation. Instead of accepting the resignation
the Board again requested that he resume his work in the College,
with the opening of the next term in January, 1867, and fixed his
salary at $1,500. To this Wingate agreed and thus began the second
period of his college presidency.
Thus it came about that only two of the former members of the
faculty were left to reorganize the work of the College. These were
Professors W. G. Simmons and William Royall. They called to their
aid the son of the latter, William Bailey Royall, who now began that
long period of distinguished service, which ended only with his death
on January 27, 1928.
These facts in the previous career of young Royall may be
mentioned here. He was born at Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, on
September 2, 1844; his mother was Elizabeth Bailey. When nine or
ten years of age he had begun the study of Greek under his father,
then a missionary in Florida, who was very fond of that language.
When only twelve years of age he entered the freshman class of
Furman University, and went through half of his junior year. Here he
came under the inspiring influence of Dr. J. A. Broadus and had as his
teacher of Greek that master of the language, Prof. P. C. Edwards.
Then his father being called to Wake Forest College, he came with
him and completed his college course there, graduating with the
degree of bachelor of arts in 1861. Like most of his classmates he was
soon in the Confederate States Army. In September, 1861, when
barely seventeen years old, he joined the Santee Artillery, and while
campaigning in the swamps of the South Carolina coast he suffered
from fevers which brought impairment to his health from which he
never fully recovered. Later he became commissary of the Fifty-fifth
North Carolina Infantry, of which his father was chaplain, and served
in that capacity until the end of the war, when he brought home
Grant's parole from Appomattox. During the fall of 1865 he taught in
the Forestville Academy with the strictness of discipline learned in
army life to the utter amazement and surprising improvement of a
class of hitherto unruly boys. Now at the age
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