University of Alabama - Corolla Yearbook (Tuscaloosa, AL)

 - Class of 1968

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amfdgq. The Burning of the University an excerpt from the 1906 Corolla It was in April of 1865. The great Civil War that had swept over our fair Southland had almost spent its course. My grandfather was President of the University at the time and was living in the same presi- dent's house that stands to-day. For some days the town had been excited, for it was known that the Yankees were march- ing in its direction. On the third of April news came that CroXton's Brigade was quite near, and a guard of citizens was stationed to guard the bridge, which was in the same place as the present one. Assistance was asked from the cadets and my grandfather said that he himself with the cadets, would take charge the next night. Alas! the next night was too late. That very night, about twelve oiclock, the family was awakened by a loud knocking at the front door. Going down, grandfather was met with, "The Yankees are crossing the bridge!" Hurrying over to the University, he gave the command to sound the "long roll," which soon floated out on the night air. In a minute the whole corps of cadets was drawn up ready for action. Under the command of Captain Murfee, they were marched at a double-quick in the direction of town. On reaching the girl's college, they could see flashes and hear the shots of the battle then going on between the two skirmish lines about the brow of the hill. The battalion was then moved as fast as it could run into a position in the rear of the skirmish line. Captain Murfee gave the command to his platoon to lie down and cautioned them to fire at the "flashes" of the enemy's guns. Though the enemy were veterans, armed with Spencer magazine carbines, while the cadets had never been under fire before and were armed with muzzle-loading Spring- field rifles, the enemy soon fell back across the bridge, having suffered some loss, while the cadets had but three wounded. Grandfather, fully realizing that if he permitted that handful of boys, few of them of age, to be butchered by the Yankee brigade, he would be execrated by every mother in the State of Alabama, ordered the cadets to retreat, much to the disgust and chagrin of those fiery rebel youths. On reaching the Univer- sity they were told to get together only what could be carried in their knapsacks. Again they were mustered and marched down the Huntsville road. It was farewell forever to the dear old University! .In the meantime, grandfather had returned home and prepared the family for flight. Grandmother wished to stay, thinking by so doing she could save the house but he was firm and said that he would rather have the roof burned from over his head than that his wife and daughters ,should meet with any in- sult from Yankee soldiers. 16

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