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North Carolina Civil War 150 is a space for collecting all news, events, and observances related to the American Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration at the State Archives of North Carolina.
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Tag Archives: secession
Northeastern North Carolina, the area east of the Chowan River and north of the Albemarle Sound, fell to Union occupation during the Burnside Expedition in February 1862. The subsequent 22 months devolved into raids by Confederate forces, cavalry expeditions by … Continue reading
On the evening of September 9, 1863 the printing office of the North Carolina Standard was sacked by a group of Georgia soldiers coming through Raleigh on their way to Tennessee. The following morning, supporters of the editor, William Woods … Continue reading
May 1862 marked one year since then Governor John Ellis (deceased) had refused President Abraham Lincoln’s call for troops to put down the rebellion. During this year North Carolinians experienced the heady political-high of Secession, a call to arms of … Continue reading
The actions of the Lincoln administration in April 1861, which called for troops after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter and the establishment of a blockade of Southern ports, solidified North Carolinian’s opinions for secession. North Carolina newspapers that had … Continue reading
The threat of secession caused hardships for many. Men in training for military careers were suddenly faced with very difficult decisions. If they followed their seceding state, they jeopardized their careers as United States military officers. In the spring of … Continue reading
During the 1860 presidential election and its aftermath secessionist commissioners communicated to southern states which were still undecided about secession from the United States. In early 1861, North Carolina was one of those undecided states. While Governor John W. Ellis … Continue reading
Tiffanie and I just added a new item to the Treasures of the State Archives online exhibit which might interest our NC Civil War 150 blog readers: Resolutions of the General Assembly submitted to the Senate and/or referred to Senate … Continue reading
By February 1, 1861, the states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas had passed a secession ordinance. The failure of the resulting Washington Peace Conference in mid-February left the upper south Border States to contemplate their … Continue reading
While some North Carolinians reacted to Lincoln’s election, and South Carolina’s subsequent secession, by debating politics and petitioning the governor and General Assembly, others in the state took a more radical approach. In early January 1861, acting with no authority … Continue reading
While citizens of North Carolina struggled with home front issues, such as local political allegiances and the threat of slave insurrections, politicians continued to grapple with the deepening secession crisis. The failed “Crittenden Compromise” in the lame duck session of … Continue reading