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Scarborough. Among the Academic students were several who
afterwards attained distinction, many of them having graduated from
the College; among these were W. Bland, D. B. Brown, M. L. Fowler,
W. F. Heathman, R. E. Royall, and C. M. Seawell. In native ability
and seriousness of purpose the students of this first term after the War
compare favorably with those of any other period.
The geographical distribution of the students for 1866 is worthy of
note. Of the sixty-seven registered, six came from out of the State,
chiefly coming from Richmond and Memphis. Of the others, twenty-
six came from Wake, eight from Granville, five from Warren, four
from Franklin, two each from Moore, Camden, Alexander, and
Orange; one each from Stokes, New Hanover, Chowan, Halifax,
Richmond, Wilkes, Caldwell, Yadkin, Caswell, and Bertie. This
distribution shows that a shift had begun from the counties where
slaves had been numerous to the counties where there were many-
small and independent farmers who had been least affected by the
vicissitudes of the war. Several counties of the west were now
represented by a single student each, the first of a long line of strong
young men who were to seek the College from those counties.
The general character of the students remained much the same for
several years. In the following statement Professor L. R. Mills tells of
conditions as he found them on coming to the College as a member of
the faculty in January,
1867:18
Eighty-five students registered during the spring and fall terms of 1867, thirty-six
collegiate students, forty-four preparatory students, and five having studies in both
departments. More than a dozen of them had been Confederate soldiers. Some wore,
instead of over coats, thin old brown army blankets with "N. C." in big black letters
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"Forty Years in the Wilderness," Bulletin of Wake Forest College, II, 153,
October, 1907. See also J. C. Caddell, "The Last But One of the Old Guard,"' Wake
Forest Student, XL, 69ff. "At the close of the Civil War, the former supporters and
patrons of the College, many of whom had been large holders of property, suddenly
found themselves penniless. The friends of the institution must now seek new
sources for support, and a new class of patrons. Fortunately for the College and for
the State, these were found among the plain people, the substantial middle class of
citizens, from whom has always come a goodly share of the valor and the virtue of
human society."
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