1 May 1861: “[The Faculty] beg leave to intimate to parents and guardians the propriety of restraining the anxiety so natural to the young and inexperienced to rush prematurely into military service.”

Item desciption: Circular letter from UNC President David L. Swain. North Carolina was three weeks from officially seceding when President David L. Swain issued the first of these circulars. He urged parents and guardians of university students to restrain their sons from rushing “prematurely into military service.” The university, he assured them, would remain open.

Item citation: From folder 218 of the University of North Carolina Papers #40005, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription: [click here to view full transcription from Documenting the American South]

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