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"What Shall the South Do?," Wilmington Daily Herald, December 5, 1859

The chief actor in the affair at Harper's Ferry has expiated his crime upon the gallows. Old Brown has been hanged. What will be the result of this enforcement of the law? Will the effect be salutary upon the minds of the Northern people? Have we any…

"Highly Important Decision," Raleigh Standard, March 11, 1857

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday last, delivered through Chief Justice Taney its decision in the Dred Scott case, containing the following opinions: 1st. Negroes have no rights as citizens under the Constitution. 2d. The ordinance of…

"Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction," May 29, 1865


Whereas the President of the United States, on the 8th day of December, A.D. eighteen hundred and sixty-three, and on the 26 day of March, A.D. eighteen hundred and sixty-four, did, with the object to suppress the existing rebellion, to induce all…

Voter Registration Card from Alamance County, 1902


I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the United States and of the State of North Carolina: I am 53 years of age: I was on the first day of January, A. D. 1867, or prior to that date, entitled to vote under the Constitution and laws…

Levi Coffin, Reminiscences of Levi Coffin (1880)


Some plan of gradual manumission was the theme of general discussion at that day, but none of the advocates spoke or seemed to think of immediate and unconditional emancipation. Manumission societies were organized in different counties. The first, I…

"Life in North Carolina: The Murder of Senator John W. Stephens -- A Terrible Scene -- Shall His Assassins Be Amnestied?," New York Times, February 26, 1873

Raleigh, N. C., Feb. 25 — …Mr. Bowman, Republican… related from the sworn evidence of one of the parties present the particulars of the murder of Senator John W. Stephens, of Caswell, which occurred in June, 1870; and that warrants had been…

"An Arrest by the Rebels-The Contraband Troops-Re-enlistment of Veterans- items from the North Carolina Press," New York Times, January 13, 1864


From North Carolina.

An Arrest by the Rebels-The Contraband Troops- Re-enlistment of Veterans- items from the North Carolina Press.

Newbern, NC. Jan 7

The Second regiment of North Carolina Union volunteers is rapidly organizing. Its…


"The Secession Excitement; North Carolina Legislature," New York Times, December 20, 1860

RALEIGH, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 20.

The bill to arm the State passed its third reading in the House yesterday. An effort to take it up to-day failed.

The Assembly takes a recess till the 7th of January.

The Commissioners from Alabama and…

J. Wilkinson, "The Narrative of a Blockade Runner," 1877

After discharging our cargo of cotton and loading with supplies for the Confederate Government, chiefly for the army of Northern Virginia, we sailed for Wilmington in the latter part of the month of March. Our return voyage was uneventful, until we…

Memoirs of W. W. Holden (1911)

Executive Department, Raleigh,
December 16, 1869.

To the Honorable, the General Assembly of North Carolina.

Gentlemen: — Allow me respectfully and earnestly to call your attention to the necessity which exists for such amendments to the…