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Colonel Lewis D. Warner, "To Sneedsboro" (March 4, 1865)

I hope a better spirit will prevail. North Carolina has shown considerable Union sentiment during the war and I believe a proper course by our would cause the slumbering fire to burst into a flame, which could not be quenched.

J.M. Hollowell, "Coming of the Yankees" (1939)

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Since I stopped writing of my early recollections of Goldsboro, I have been asked by some of the young folks why I did not tell more about the Yankee army coming to Goldsboro in 1865, and what they did,…

The North Carolina Whig, Proclamation on Northern Blacks, November 18, 1862

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A negro proposes that President Davis should-retaliate upon Lincoln’s proclamation, by declaring all the Northern negroes slaves after the first of January next.

Diary of James Rumley, June 5, 1865

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The first time since the commencement of the late war, negro troops have been sent here to garrison the town. The sight of them is most revolting to southerners, Their presence here is deeply humiliating to the citizens, who bear it however as best…

Diary of James Rumley, December 1, 1863

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... If the State of North Carolina had set their negroes free and established schools for their instruction, they would have looked upon white population of the state as their benefactors, and the two races might have lived together on the same soil,…

Diary of James Rumley, January 1, 1863

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Many reflecting minds have for several months past looked forward to this day with deep concern, on account of the slave population in our midst. They could hardly believe that so remarkable an epoch could arrive without producing some commotion…

Diary of James Rumley, March 25, 1864

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This is the second anniversary of the advent of the Federal army into Beaufort; and we enter today into the third year of the reign of niggerism. The whole period has been a season of profound political and social darkness, a long dreary night of…

Diary of James Rumley, March 25, 1863

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...This is the reign of “niggerism.” The scoundrels in authority here know very well that the African race is the only one whose loyalty they can trust, as their negro-stealing government has forfeited all claim to the loyalty of any decent white…

Letter from Laura R. McDaniel and M. Joyner Kerr to Zebulon Baird Vance, March 4, 1865


March 4 1865
To his excellency out most worthy Governor
Z. B. Vance
[to] [the] [amdenesided] to [end] the following heartfelt petition. whereas [anoter] son and the place of our [eyonrm] Fayetteville is threatened by the enemy is at present…

Diary of James Rumley, August 4, 1863

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... The negroes are celebrating the day, in the African Church, with all the enthusiasm which such an occasion is calculated to inspire among the deluded and excited race. With hymns of praise to God are mingled prayers for the success of the "Union…