Item Description: excerpt from “The Situation” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.) 8 July 1864.
Since the publication of the revelations in regard to a secret treasonable order said to exist in this State—an order of northern origin, we have heard enough to convince us that it is not only said to exist, but that it does exist. We are bad at hunting up details or identifying persons, but apart from what we have seen in print, we have seen and heard enough to convince us that not only does such a thing exist, but that it has penetrated to this section of the State, and for ought we know has its members and initiators even in our midst. At any rate, it might be as well for the people and the public authorities to be on their guard. We do not care whose election this thing may incidentally be intended to subserve, its principles are treasonable and its oaths criminal. Any intelligent man who may have been so unfortunate as to have been drawn into it, need only to use his common sense and common honesty, and he will be convinced of the fact that it is not right, and that while in it, he is not in the right place.
Citation: excerpt from “The Situation” (editorial), The Daily Journal (Wilmington, N. C.) 8 July 1864 page 2, column 1. Call number C071z, North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.