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Diary of James Rumley, June 5, 1865

Title

Diary of James Rumley, June 5, 1865

Description

This is an excerpt from Rumley’s diary entry of June 5th, 1865. On this day, Rumley wrote about Union African American troops guarding his town of Beaufort and other effects of the war brought on by President Lincoln. The following excerpt references Rumley’s discussion of the African American Troops and his discontent with them. Rumley and his fellow citizens were appalled and ultimately humiliated at the site of Black troops having the right to occupy their town; hatred and fear would soon follow.

Creator

Rumley, James

Source

Judkin Browning, The Southern Mind under Union Rule: The Diary of James Rumley, Beaufort, North Carolina, 1862-1865 (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, 2009).

Date

1865-06-05

Contributor

Ballentine, Jay

Type

Document

Coverage

Beaufort, North Carolina
Carteret County, North Carolina

Original Format

Diary

Text

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 they can, hoping they will soon be relieved o the nuisance, and they this may be the last degree in degradation to which they have to descend.

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Rumley, James, Diary of James Rumley, June 5, 1865, Civil War Era NC, accessed December 16, 2017, https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/items/show/813.