but when North Carolina saw, in May, 1861, that she had the choice between two evils and that she could not remain neutral in the pending struggle, she made the choice that was the most natural and reasonable.
She chose the side of the State, or of local government, against the growing tendency toward centralization then given a new impetus by the Federal authorities.
The alumni of her University responded gladly to her call to duty.
They were faithful to the earlier teachings of their Alma Mater. They risked name and fame, life and fortune, for their State.
They laid down their lives at her command.
The names of our Confederate dead are carved in marble on our memorial walls, but they have built themselves a monument more durable than marble.
Their names are written in lines of living light
On Fame's Eternal camping-ground. The story of their heroism and their devotion to the call of duty will be cherished by this University as the brightest jewel in her centennial crown,