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Read about events in this tumultuous period of North Carolina's past. This collection contains secondary sources, specifically histories of significant events in North Carolina during the prewar, wartime, and postwar years. Students in history classes at North Carolina State University and other contributors authored these histories.

North Carolinian voters chose John C. Breckinridge in presidential election, November 6, 1860

The presidential election of 1860 featured a four-way race between John C. Breckinridge, the southern Democratic nominee from Kentucky running on a federal slave code platform; Stephen A. Douglas, the northern Democratic nominee from Illinois running…

On November 12, 1860, secessionists held a meeting in Cleveland County.

On November 19, 1860, secessionists held a meeting in New Hanover County.