Tag Archives: 1861

First Wednesdays – Political Strife

Seven months after secession brought disunion with the United States, political divisions began to resurface again in North Carolina. The pre-war tensions of the old Whig Party and the Democratic Party arose again as political parties became relabeled as the … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Reverend Marble Nash Taylor

 The Reverend Marble Nash Taylor was a Methodist minister at the outset of the Civil War.  Taylor was a Virginian by birth and came to North Carolina to be a reverend.  He first served the church in the mountains of … Continue reading

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Archives Week: Obituary for Governor John W. Ellis

John W. Ellis served as Governor of North Carolina from 1859 to 1861.  Originally noted for his work on internal improvements such as improving roads and the state educational system, his second term was marked by the ongoing secession crisis. … Continue reading

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Archives Week – “Winning the Hearts and Minds”

With the arrival of federal forces on Outer Banks in August and September 1861, the definition of the sectional conflict was still being defined within the ranks of the Union Army. On one side, there were those soldiers and officers … Continue reading

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North Carolina Civil War Timeline

One of the new items that you will see on our blog is the appearance of the “North Carolina State Archives Civil War Sesquicentennial Timeline” posted under our blog statement. The purpose of the timeline is to provide context to … Continue reading

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First Wednesday – Chicamacomico Races

After the capture of Hatteras Inlet by Federal forces in late August 1861, and the subsequent abandonment of some isolated coastal outposts, North Carolina began fortifying Roanoke Island to protect the inter-coastal waterways.  The 8th North Carolina Regiment and the 3rd Georgia … Continue reading

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Pasquotank County miscellaneous records – hidden history part III

Part III In a previous post I mentioned my request to process two cartons of miscellaneous Pasquotank County records, citing my interest in both the county and the period the records covered.  I told you about an exciting find in … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Confederate Coastal Carolina responds to occupying forces

A previous blog post highlighted the actions of a group of junior military officers in deciding to abandon a few isolated outposts on North Carolina’s coast.  Inner coastal communities, those towns and counties bordering North Carolina’s extensive sounds and rivers, … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Coastal Military Action

United States forces attacked and captured North Carolina coastal defense Forts Hatteras and Clark at the end of August 1861.  In the immediate aftermath of the successful expedition, Confederate coastal defenders were thrust into the untenable position of trying to … Continue reading

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Follow-Up for the Online Civil War Resources Lecture

We had a really good turn-out for today’s Civil War Sesquicentennial lecture on “An Introduction to Online Civil War Resources at the Archives.” A little over thirty people showed up to listen to me try to pack an overview of four of … Continue reading

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