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16 July 1863: “In the name of reason, of suffering humanity, and of the religion which we profess…bring about an honorable peace.”

Item Description: Letter, 16 July 1863, to the editor of the Raleigh Standard, from “A Southern Man” (attributed to the famous secessionist, R.S. Donnell). In the letter, Donnell reflects on the history of secession, comments on the state of the Civil War, … Continue reading

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19 June 1861: “An Ordinance to Ratify the Constitution of the Confederate States of America”

Item description: An ordinance, passed by the North Carolina Secession Convention, to ratify the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. Item Transciption: [No. 11.] AN ORDINANCE TO RATIFY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. WHEREAS, On the … Continue reading

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17 June 1861: “…this Convention, appreciating the valor and good conduct of the officers and men in the 1st Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers…”

Item description: A resolution of appreciation passed by the North Carolina Secession Convention for the 1st Regiment NC Volunteers’ service at the Battle of Bethel. The resolution also authorizes the regiment to “inscribe the word ‘Bethel’ upon their regimental colors.” … Continue reading

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13 June 1861: “Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me”

Item description: Sermon delivered by the Reverend Daniel I. Dreher in response to a call for a day of humiliation and prayer by the president of the Confederate States of America. Item transcription: SERMON. “And Abraham said unto Lot, let … Continue reading

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28 May 1861: “…I send herewith a list of the companies tendered from each county, and the numbers of men.”

Item description: Portions of a report submitted to the Secession Convention by the governor and adjutant general of North Carolina. Item citation: From “The Military of the State.” [Raleigh, N.C.] : Syme & Hall, [1861], VC342.2 1861d v. 1, from … Continue reading

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21 May 1861: “North Carolina: A Call to Arms!!!”

Item description: This poem, printed as a broadside or handbill, was probably written just after North Carolina’s formal secession from the Union on May 20, 1861. Handbills such as this one were used to encourage new recruits to join the … Continue reading

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20 May 1861: “…the union now subsisting between the State of North Carolina and the other States…is hereby dissolved”

Item description: [No. 1] AN ORDINANCE TO DISSOLVE THE UNION BETWEEN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA AND THE OTHER STATES UNITED WITH HER UNDER THE COMPACT OF GOVERNMENT ENTITLED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. Item transcription: [No. 1.] AN … Continue reading

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13 May 1861: “…there is little or no hope or reason for hope, that this war cloud can pass away without bursting in storm and bloodshed.”

Item description: The editors of the Daily Journal (Wilmington, NC) give their opinions on the evolving conflict and how they see it being resolved. Item citation: “How Long?,”The Daily Journal. 13 May 1861. Wilmington, N.C.: Fulton & Price. C071 W74jd. … Continue reading

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6 May 1861: Postcard representing the date of Arkansas’s secession

Item description: Civil War era postcard, 6 May 1861, depicting Arkansas as a powerful force, tethered to the banner of states’ rights, ready to add to the ranks of seceded states. Item citation: From the Civil War Pictorial Envelopes, 1861-1865 #3409-z,  Southern … Continue reading

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4 May 1861: “The secession movement everywhere scorns all legal forms, & with revolutionary violence siezes on all the national property it can lay its hands on.”

Item description: W. Allen Johnson, New York, to William M. Blackford. Trip from Maryland to New York; problem of getting out of the South; troops and military preparations in New York; favorable description of Lincoln by a man from Illinois; … Continue reading

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