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"Cadet Paul Faison to his father regarding resigning his commission at West Point," April 12 and 14, 1861

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West Point N.Y. April 12, 1861
Dear Father Since,
I last wrote you [ev]ents have been daily occuring which leads to the conviction that there will be no compromise, and that the border states will be compelled to secede however unwilling they may…

"Craven County December 1860 resolutions" December 12, 1860

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Craven County Meeting On yesterday the 12th December a large portion of the citizens of Craven met in the Theatre to give expression to their sentiments relative to the present alarming state of National affairs. On motion W.B. Wadsworth was called…

"Election of Lincoln and Hamlin!," Fayetteville Observer, November 8, 1860

This item is an editorial from the Unionist newspaper the FayettevilleObserverin which the paper reports on the 1860 national election results. The paper laments the election of Abraham Lincoln as President, but it stresses the fact that although…

"General Assembly Resolutions submitted and referred to committee", January 1861

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Jan. 7, 1861. Resolved that the Governor be requested to inform the Senate if any portion of the citizens of North Carolina have consulted with him upon the propriety of taking possession of the United States forts in North Carolina or any one of…

"Glorious News!--The Union Saved!!" Fayetteville Observer, February 28, 1861

February 28th article in the Unionist FayettevilleObserver in which the paper reported that a compromise had been voted for in the House of Representatives and that the House had also defeated a use of force bill. This reporting highlighted several…

"Governor's Correspondence: Arkansas Resolutions", March 28, 1861

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Little Rock, March 29, 1861 To His Excellency, J.W. Ellis Governor of the State of North Carolina Sir:- By the fifth of the Series of Resolutions which I have the honor herewith to transmit to you, and which were adopted by the State Convention of…

"If the Union has prevailed..." Raleigh Weekly Standard, March 6, 1861

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In its March 6, 1861 edition the RaleighWeekly Standard,a Unionist Newspaper, reported on the Convention vote and its meaning in this article. The paper makes its views known that the Secessionist faction is a vocal minority in North Carolina, and…

"It is needless to remind our readers...," Fayetteville Observer, April, 18, 1861

The Fayetteville Observer, a Unionist newspaper, ran an editorial outlining their past advocacy for the cause of the Union and regretted that the nation's had not been solved peacefully, as the paper thought was possible. The editors detailed how…


"Presidential Election," Carolina Watchman, November 13, 1860

In its editorial on the 1860 Presidential election theCarolina Watchman,a Unionist newspaper from Salisbury, N.C. reports on the election of Abraham Lincoln as president. Although the paper is unhappy with the election of Lincoln and defeat of their…