For the Confederacy, the Civil War was not fought on a unified front. The people of North Carolina largely favored the Union. Instead of seceding and joining the Confederacy, North Carolinians largely favored a compromise with the Union to remain citizens of the United States. The evidence shows that the citizens held great admiration for the U.S. Constitution and because of this many individuals remained loyal to the Union. Citizens opposed secession and its consequences. From the violence of war to the abolition of the institution of slavery, North Carolinians knew that the act of secession would only devastate their state. Finally, what the people feared most – governmental despotism – became a reality when the legislature seceded from the Union to the Confederacy without its people’s consent. These reasons alone give evidence to why North Carolina citizens preferred a compromise with the Union.