These acts against the confederacy are only a select few examples of Unionism. However, they show the various ways that people expressed their dissatisfaction of and disloyalty to the Confederate cause. They also show how deeply they felt about the Union and why they chose to support the Union cause. The division between unionist and confederates came after the initial division of eastern and western North Carolina. The continuous inequalities legalized through the North Carolina state constitutions of 1776 and 1835 were to blame for the rift between the Western and Eastern regions. That rift continued to grow during the Civil War, resulting in the widespread Union loyalty in the West.