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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


April 16, 1865
According to author William Snider's "Light on the Hill: A History of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill," the first Federal soldiers, or "bluejackets" as Snider calls them, reached Chapel Hill and the University.
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April 17, 1865
According to historian Stephen B. Weeks, Federal soldiers entered and took possession of the village of Chapel Hill on this date.
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August 23, 1865
President David Lowry Swain's daughter, Eleanor, married Union General Smith B. Atkins in Chapel Hill. According to University historian Kemp Plummer Battle, Atkins was "a man of fine appearance and of high character," but neither Chapel Hill residents nor North Carolinians in general approved of the marriage.
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