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"Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners," December 22, 1860


"Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners," December 22, 1860


This newspaper article discussed the reasons why Alabama and Mississippi talked in front of legislature. Alabama and Mississippi wanted North Carolina to secede just as they did. However, North Carolina did not and blamed Alabama for some of the reasons the Civil War started. They also claimed that Alabama did contribute to destroying parts of the Union. They blamed the Democratic party in Charleston as well.  The article talked about the commissioners' thoughts and where they were from.


W.W. Holden


"Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners," December 22, 1860, North Carolina Standard, Raleigh, NC.




Samantha Copeland




Wake County, North Carolina

Original Format

Newspaper Article


Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners. On Thursday last Messrs. Garrett and Smith, commissioners from the State of Alabama, with Hon. Jacob Thompson, Commissioner from Mississippi, appeared before the Legislature of this State, and were received in the Commons Hall, Mr. Speaker Chirk, of the Senate, presiding. The Governor of the State and the Judges of the Supreme Court were in attendance, with the members of both houses, and a large audience. Mr. Ransom, on behalf of the committee, introduced these gentlemen; whereupon Mr. Garrett rose and read an address setting forth the object of their mission. The address was listened to with much attention and interest. Mr. Thompson did not address the Legislature. (in Thursday night the Alabama Commissioners addressed a large audience in the Commons Hall. The object of the Alabama Commissioners is to induce North Carolina to secede from the Union. Alabama, they say, will certainly secede soon after her Convention assembles. We entertain great respect for Alabama, but for one we cannot go with her in this secession movement. She is largely responsible for the present condition of things, for her representative man. Mr. Yancy. disrupted the national Democratic party at Charleston, and thus paved the way for its defeat and the election of Lincoln. Mr. Yancy and his Alabama and Mississippi followers did that thing with that view; and now they coolly ask us to continue this work of disruption by dissolving the Union. But for them we verily believe Mr. Lincoln would have been defeated, and the evil now on the country would have been postponed or averted. Mr. Thompson, it seems, looks to Southern cooperation, and not to separate State action; but Mr. Thompson is the representative of a disunion State. All three of these gentlemen are natives of North Carolina. Our people were glad to see them and to take them by the hand, though they will not go with them for disunion for existing causes.


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W.W. Holden, "Alabama and Mississippi Commissioners," December 22, 1860, Civil War Era NC, accessed April 14, 2024,