, and walked to their homes in the neighboring counties, but the exercises went on, morning and evening prayers were attended as usual, even when Federal troops were on the campus.
Under these circumstances, few students had either the opportunity or desire to continue their course unbroken.
Many began their studies before the war; a few of these came back, lame and halting, or perhaps with an arm or a leg missing.
We find numerous records like these: William Harrison Craig, matriculated 1857, C. S. A., A. B. 1868; or like this, Walter Clark, Adj. C. S, A.. A. B. 1864, Lieut.-Col. C. S. A.; or like Melvin E. Carter, Capt. C. S. A., matriculated 1867.
The commencement of 1865 was the climax of sorrows.
The Senior class on the first of June, consisted of fifteen members, but because of the exigencies of the country only William Curtis Prout was permitted to complete the course.
Yet, because they accepted the invitation of the president to perform the usual exercises on commenc