Many of the primary sources that are used are articles and editorials published in local Newspapers, such as the Raleigh Register, the News and Observer and the Wilmington Journal. Both the Observer and Journal tend to sway towards secessionist view only, the Register offers a nice counter balance offering the other side of the argument. Many of the government documents come from the personal collection of Governor Ellis’s. These papers were available in the State Capital’s National achieve. Primary sources in the form of speeches given in the House of Commons in North Carolina are used as well, like Thomas N. Crumpler’s speech “On Federal Relations”, in which he denounces the actions of South Carolina, and is asking members to consider keeping with the union. Also personal documents such as the personal correspondence of John Halliburton, illustrates the common man’s view on the subject of secession in North Carolina; letters will be used to give a broad survey of the state and regional attitudes. The secondary sources are used to give a background on the state, and allows for further explanations of the causes of session.
“A Few Reflections on Secession.” In Southern Editorials on Secession, edited by Dwight Lowell Dumond. 225-228. New York: The Century Co.,1931. Originally published in The Daily Herald, Raleigh, November 9, 1860.
"Anson County Petition for Convention", January 1861. Anson county committee Members. From North Carolina Digital Archive. Accessed April 15, 2012. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll8&CISOPTR=1300&REC=13
"Cadet Paul Faison to his father regarding resigning his commission at West Point," April 12 and 14, 1861. Faisons, Paul. North Carolina Digital Archive. Accessed April 17, 2012. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll8&CISOPTR=2531&REC=7#document_description
"Craven County December 1860 resolutions". Craven County Committee of Safety, December 12, 1860. From State Documents, accessed April 4, 2012. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll8&CISOPTR=1224&REC=14#document_description
"Governor's Correspondence: Arkansas Resolutions", March 28, 1861. Bandinot, E.C. North Carolina Digital Archive. Accessed April 17, 2012. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll8&CISOPTR=2040&REC=1
"Letter from John W. Halliburton to Juliet Halliburton". March 6, 1861. From Documenting the American South. Accessed on March 31, 2012. http://docsouth.unc.edu/true/mss06-06/mss06-06.html
“Letter of North Carolina General Assembly representatives to the Peace Conference to Governor Ellis”. February 27, 1861. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, North Carolina Digital Collection Accessed April 11, 2012. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p15012coll8,1347.
“North Carolina and Secession,” Raleigh Standard, April 4, 1861, P 2:2
“North Carolina. Convention (1861-1862) Ordinances and Resolutions Passed by the State Convention.” [Raleigh]: Syme & Hall, Printers to the Convention, . Documenting the American South. Accessed on March 31, 2012 http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/ncord/menu.html
"Reply by Governor Ellis to request by United States Secretary of War for troops from North Carolina", April 14, 1861. Ellis, John W. North Carolina Digital Archive. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p15012coll8&CISOPTR=2441&REC=4#document_description
“Secession Flag At Wilmington,” Fayetteville (NC) Observer, January 7, 1861, p. 3: 2.
Speech of T. N. Crumpler, of Ashe, on “Federal Relations”. Delivered in the House of Commons, January 10, 1861
Powell, William S. North Carolina: A History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
Sitterson, J. Carlyle. The Secession Movement in North Carolina. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1939.
William A. Link, “Part Three: The Civil War Crisis,” North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State (Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson inc., 2009).