Doyle, here is what is written thus far:
"The college closed its doors to education during the civil war (1861-1867), however its staff, students and property served the Confederate cause exceedingly well during that war. Both, president and vice-president enlisted, dying in 1862 shortly after being wounded in battle, Lieutenant Colonel THOMPSON April 8th, Major BRONAUGH July 5th. They helped create and then enlisted in what became 1st Regiment Arkansas Infantry Volunteers, Confederate States of America, May 1, 1861 in Pine Bluff, Jefferson county, Arkansas (BRONAUGH in Company D). This before Arkansas (on its third ballot), became 9th state to secede from the Union, May 6th. They were mustered into service at Lynchburg, Virginia, but short two companies for regiment size. THOMPSON was elected major later promoted to lieutenant colonel. Company D's 3rd lieutenant BRONAUGH returned to Pine Bluff summer of 1861, recruiting two more companies, later becoming part of 2nd Battalion Arkansas Infantry under his command when promoted to major. The 2nd remained in Virginia February 1862 when THOMPSON requested his regiment be assigned to Tennessee. Lieutenant Colonel John Baker THOMPSON wrote his father a letter from Montery, Putman county, Tennessee which exists, then was wounded April 6, 1862 (his 28th birthday), during battle of Shilo, Hardin county, Tennessee, dying on the 8th. --- Major William Naylor BRONAUGH, with sharp hazel eyes, auburn hair and slight of frame but highly thought of in Virginia, courageously commanded 2nd Battalion Arkansas Infantry, CSA, dying July 5, 1862 from a wound received in Seven Days Battle, 4-miles northeast from Richmond, Henrico county, Virginia at Mechanicsville bridge, June 26th, with few of his troopers surviving. --- Some St Johns' students formed part of the "Capitol Guards", Company A, 6th Regiment Arkansas Infantry Volunteers, CSA under Gordon N PEAY, which was: "....recruited from the "first families" of Little Rock, as well as prominent merchants and skilled artisans. There were a few St. Johns' College students in the company as well. You'd think that a company of "blue bloods" wouldn't be as feisty as the typical company of Arkansas farm-boys, but the Capitol Guards built quite a reputation during the war, as tenacious fighters and seasoned campaigners. The survivors of the company were among the "movers and shakers" of Little Rock for the rest of the 19th century.", wrote Bryan HOWERTON on Arkansas Civil War Board. ---- Constructed on campus were several temporary wooden, fifty bed, structures by the Confederated States of America, thusly, St Johns' with the U S Arsenal, became a large military hospital complex. Following Major General Sterling PRICE's loss of Little Rock, 10 September 1863, it became a United States General Hospital, with early newspaperman, William E WOODRUFF's home, north across street, as an officers hospital. (see 1865 photo in "HOW WE LIVED: ..." & Quapaw Quarter Association's 1864 map). Such was the history of service to the Confederate States of America by those involved at St Johns' College of Arkansas."