12 May 1863: “In accepting your resignation as Military Governor of North Carolina, I cannot but express my regret that the Government, in this trying hour, should lose the benefit of your able and patriotic service.”

Item description: This letter was written by Edwin M. Stanton, United States Secretary of War, to Edward Stanly, who had served as Military Governor of North Carolina. In it Stanton comments on the “zeal and fidelity” Stanly showed while dealing with the “onerous and vexatious” issues of governing the Union-occupied portion of North Carolina.

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Item citation: A military governor among abolitionists : a letter from Edward Stanly to Charles Sumner. New York : [s.n.], 1865. Cp970.72 S78. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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