Monthly Archives: May 2011

11 May 1861: “…treason shall consist only in levying war against this State, or in adhering to its enemies…”

Item description: “An Act To Define and Punish Treason Against the State of North Carolina and Other Offences Against the Sovereignty of the State” Chapter 18. Item citation: From Public Laws of the State of North Carolina, Passed by the … Continue reading

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10 May 1861: “I had to get a permit here to go North – it was granted…”

Item description: John Kimberly, writing from Richmond, Va. to his wife Bettie Maney Kimberly in Chapel Hill, N.C., describes the scene in the city and discusses difficulties in traveling through Virginia and Maryland. Item Citation: From folder 33 of the … Continue reading

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9 May 1861: “Whereas, Abraham Lincoln has been and is still endeavoring to raise money upon the faith and credit of the so called United States Government, for the purpose of waging a wicked, unjust, unholy and unconstitutional war upon the Southern States…”

Item description: “Resolution on Federal Relations.” Item citation: From Resolutions of a Public Nature, Passed by the General Assembly of North Carolina at its First Extra Session, 1861, C345.1 N87 1860-61, from the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel … Continue reading

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8 May 1861: Edmund Walter Jones letter “delighted with my life as a soldier”

Item description: This letter from J.T. Jones to his father Edmund W. Jones (written while J.T. was encamped at Ellis Camp, Raleigh, N.C.), describes mobilization efforts on the home front in Orange County, North Carolina, as well as the early … Continue reading

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7 May 1861: “Knowing as I did that N.C. had always been loyal to Government, I believed she would ever remain so; but have been much astounded at the reports we have from there within the few weeks past.”

Item description: Letter of 7 May 1861 from a D. Clapp, of Danville, Illinois, to William A. Graham.  The letter discusses the issue of slavery and the writer’s understanding of President Abraham Lincoln’s stance on the issue.  In the wake of … 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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5 May 1861: “Women of Virginia, cast from your arms all cowards; and breathe the pure and holy, the high and glowing inspirations of your nature, into the hearts and souls of lover, husband, brother, father! friend!”

Item description: Broadside, Confederate States of America. Army of the Potomac [Call for enlistment of Virginians in the Potomac Military Department]. 5 May, 1861. Item citation: From the Miscellaneous Broadsides #2874-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … 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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3 May 1861: “…their voices grew fainter & fainter as they rounded the bend in the river…”

Item description: Diary entry, 3 May 1861, describing troop mobilization in and around Yazoo City, Miss., family news, the fate of Soule College in New Orleans, and the writer’s fears of the impending war. Item citation: From the Kate S. … Continue reading

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2 May 1861: “…it shall not be lawful to administer to any officer within this State any oath or affirmation to support the constitution of the United States.”

Item description: “An Act to Repeal 5th Section of the 76th Chapter of the Revised Code, Entitled ‘Oaths.’” Chapter 13. Item citation: From Public Laws of the State of North Carolina, Passed by the General Assembly, at its First Extra … Continue reading

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