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30 April 1861: Articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina)

Item description: A selection of articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina) for 30 April 1861. Topics include: the sale of a slave family; reaction to secession from merchants in New York; packages and mail sent to soldiers; discord … Continue reading

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29 April 1861: “The slavery question is the cause of all this trouble, 8 Southern states have seceded from the Union, if the North and South can’t agree, they had better separate.”

Item description: Entry, dated 29 April 1861, from the diary of Mary Jeffreys Bethell reflecting on war news and commenting on her sons’ enlistment in the Confederate Army. Item citation: From the Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, … Continue reading

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24 April 1861: Articles from the The Hillsborough Recorder

Item description: A selection of articles from The Hillsborough Recorder (Hillsborough, North Carolina) for 24 April 1861. Topics discussed are: the editor’s position on secession, the Fayetteville Arsenal, the Orange Greys, and militia law. Item citation: The Hillsborough Recorder. 24 … Continue reading

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21 April 1861: “who knows what may be before us, but whatever comes, it is woman’s lot to wait and pray…”

Item description: Diary of Sarah Lois Wadley, 1859-1861, near Amite in Tangipahoa Parish, Monroe and Oakland in Ouachita Parish, La.  This entry, dated 21 April 1861, describes a Sunday afternoon near her family home in Louisiana, an accident resulting in … Continue reading

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20 April 1861: “This is probably the first flag raised, on which N. Carolina has been numbered with the seceding states.”

Item description: Letter, Edward Hall Armstrong to Thomas G. Armstrong, Chapel Hill, N.C., 20 April 1861. Edward Hall Armstrong, of Wilmington, N.C., was a student at the University of North Carolina from 1858 to 1861. On 20 April 1861, he … Continue reading

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16 April 1861: “But I do warn you that the reign of terror, already inaugurated in Washington, stands, this day, as a despotic example before the country…”

Item Description: Editorial written anonymously by a “southern spy” criticizing the newly elected Abraham Lincoln’s decision to call for federal troops to put down the rebellion in the South. Item Citation: From catalog #2824 Conf. in the Rare Book Collection, … Continue reading

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