The University of Virginia, near, remained open during the (1861–1865), graduating few students and struggling to maintain its facilities. At the start of the war, its students strongly supported , and more than 500 of the school’s 600 enrollees in 1861 eventually . More than 2,000 alumni joined them, and by 1865, 500 men associated with the university had died in the conflict. A few graduates fought for the Union, including Bernard Gaines Farrar Jr., who became a of U.S. volunteers. Only a few dozen students attended the university in any given year during the war, and the university was unsuccessful in preventing some of those from being drafted into Confederate service in 1863. The university’s facilities, meanwhile, suffered from lack of use and upkeep. The Rotunda building briefly held patients of the Charlottesville General Hospital, a military whose superintendent, , was a faculty member. In March 1865, Union cavalrymen under George A. Custer briefly , but damage proved minimal. After the war, enrollment levels took decades to recover, while the university did much to honor those students who had fought and died for the Confederacy. By contrast, were largely ignored.