Princeton [NJ]: March 1858.
108 pp. pen and ink on paper, with 79 signatures. 1 vols. 8vo. The Rebels of Princeton. Original decorated gilt stamped morocco. Signed on ffep George Gray Nassau Hall March 1858, spine torn and starting. Item #301438
By the end of the 18th century forty percent of undergraduates enrolled at at Princeton came from below the Mason-Dixon line, which was described in an article in the Princeton Alumni (“Princeton in the Confederacy’s Service,” Maynard, March 23, 2011) as “the most Southern of all Northern Colleges.” While around 155 Princeton men enlisted to fight for the Union during the American Civil War, at least 200 joined the ranks of southern soldiers fighting for the Confederacy, including seven brigadier generals.
Of the signatures in George Gray’s autograph book form the Princeton Classes of 1858, 59, and 60, at least seven of his classmates were known to have fought for the South. William Samuel Shields (TN), John Witten Frierson (LA), and George M. Gill (MD) died or were killed during the war, James Rucks Yerger (MS), Thomas Goldthwaite (AL), and Joseph Harlod Beck (TX), survived the war as did Marylander, McHenry Howard, who went on to publish his memoirs, Recollections of a Maryland Confederate Soldier and Staff Officer Under Johnston, Jackson and Lee.
George Gray (1840 - 1925) was an American lawyer, judge, and politician from New Castle, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served as Attorney General of Delaware, U.S. Senator from Delaware and Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
The General Assembly chose the U.S. Senators, who took office March 4, for a six-year term. In this case he was initially completing the existing term, the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas F. Bayard
This is for members of the Princeton Class of 1859 to write their sentiments for George Gray.
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