238 LIFE OF DR. W. H. HOPSON.
" The angry sectional passions were intensified to the spirit
of strife, while the crimiiinations and recriminations made it sure
that it would begin with the first pretext for violence. This was
not long wanting. The struggle for military mastery in a central
border State, the recruiting and arming in military camps on both
sides, the plunge into the maelstrom of war and its fierce and
varying conflicts, put the severest strain on Christian manhood
it had ever known in our generation. Dr. Hopson bore his part,
and did his duty ever faithfully. He knew no difference, in the
discharge of these duties, between the sympathizers and soldiers
of the Union cause and those of the Confederacy.
" His arrest and imprisonment, in 1862, was by no means
anomalous or strange. After the first raids in Kentucky, it was
thought to terrorize and restrain the Confederate element by a
series of arrests of prominent representative men. The Doctor's
views were well known; though he held them harmless to all,
he was singled out for an example. This information, conveyed
to him by friends of the Union party, led him to the choice of
evils-submitting to arrest and imprisonment, or seeking safety
in flight. He attempted the latter; but soon found the country
was so filled with Union troops that escape was impossible, and
he returned to Lexington, where he was arrested and thrown into
prison. As soon as advised of this, I called to see him, and to do
him any service I could to make his strange quarters comfortable.
I found him resigned, cheerful and trustful. I need not say that
every comfort was tendered him, for scores of brethren and
friends were ready and anxious to minister to such wants. He
was borne to a distant prison, where he lay for months, not
knowing the cause of his arrest. At last a change was affected,
and he went South, where he remained until the close of the war.
How we missed him during that long interval, and how gladly
we welcomed him back again, I well remember.
" It was about this time that the agitation for the remdval of
Kentucky University from Harrodsbiirg to Lexington began, and
the Doctor credited the first conception of such a policy to myself,
if I may be pardoned any appearance of egotism in the mention.
As a curator, my first prudential step was to submit the plan to
the trustees of Transylvania University in secret session, and to
receive their sanction to a proposal for a consolidation of the two.
This the trustees formally did, and gave written authority to open
negotiations. The whole programme was discussed with the