t of all, to the spirit of ‘61.
When the war began the boys of the University rushed away to the struggle like men who had been bidden to a marriage feast.
There was great vivacity of spirit, even gaiety of temper displayed, and Governor Swain was proud of their enthusiasm.
But enthusiasm was not confined to the University.
The residents of the village of Chapel Hill were among the earliest to enter the service.
They had their representatives at Bethel.
A company was organized early in April.
Among its officers were R. J. Ashe, as captain; R. B. Saunders and R. Mallett, as second lieutenants, and Thomas G. Skinner, as fourth corporal.
It will thus be seen that the company was under the direction of University men. There were other University men among the privates: F. A. Fetter, a tutor, was there to represent the faculty; J. R. Hogan, A. J. McDade, J. H. McDade, Lewis Maverick, Spier Whitaker, Jr., represented the student body and the alumni.
There were others not associated