The University of Virginia, near Charlottesville, remained open during the American Civil War (1861–1865),
graduating few students and struggling to maintain its facilities. At the start of
the war, its students strongly supported secession, and more than 500 of the
school's 600 enrollees in 1861 eventually served in the Confederate military. More than
2,000 alumni joined them, and by 1865, 500 men associated with the university had
died in the conflict. A few graduates . . .
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