In this excerpt from his diary, Col. Lewis D. Warner reflected on his arrival into North Carolina, a state that was known for Union sympathy throughout the Civil War. Both he and his soldiers were hopeful of an easier campaign in North Carolina than in South Carolina due to this. He believed that if Sherman operated his tactics correctly, that a large Union support in North Carolina was possible from its citizens. He stated that it would "cause the slumbering fire to burst into flame, which…

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Barrett described a skirmish outside Pikeville on April 11, 1865 between Union medical officers and "bushwhackers" of the town. It was of no military significance in the grand scheme of militant battles, but proved to be a sense of revolt against the Union occupation of Goldsboro. These "bushwhackers" of 15-20 men attacked the small Union group . It was important because it further advances the argument that even while Sherman and his forces sought to destroy morale in the South and in…

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Hollowell described General Sherman and his entrance into Goldsboro. He described the cooperation for citizens and soldiers by his discussion of the guards in front of family homes. Those that wished for protection could request it at the provost marshal office, and a guard would be provided at their door front. It appeared that many of the officers were against the pillaging of houses in the South as Hollowell outlines, that when officers approached, soldiers often scattered and resumed their…

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This article from the RaleighWeekly Standard reports Governor Ellis's refusal of Lincoln's request for troops and clarified its new position regarding secession. The paper recounts its efforts for peace but acknowledges that Lincoln's call for troops would lead to North Carolina's secession and Civil War. The paper believes that Lincoln's Proclamation left North Carolina with only two alternatives, resistance or unconditional submission, and North Carolinians had to now resist.

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In this article the RaleighWeekly Standard, a Unionist Newspaper reports on the bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C. and Lincoln's call for troops. The paper states its opinion that it fears that Civil War is on the horizon and reiterates its earlier argument that the Union cannot be maintained by force and will fall apart at the first attept of aggressive power. This piece is reported initially as a rumor, but is followed up by the paper stating that it received confirmation and the early reporting…

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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 the vote against the convention is proof. The paper hailed the Unionists for working tirelessly against the efforts of Secessionist politicians and agitators. With the Secession Convention having been defeated by a vote of the people, the paper hopes…

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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 Unionist victories both in the Legislature as well as at the ballot box with the defeat of the Secession Convention. The newspaper was joyously reporting events which it felt were indicative of strong Unionist support in North Carolina.

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In this article by the RaleighWeekly Standard, the paper which backed the Democratic Party candidate Breckenridge argued why Lincoln should not be elected. The paper stated its belief that if Lincoln was elected it meant that the Constitution of the United States would have been violated by the triumph of a geographical party. The paper insists that the election of Lincoln without any support from the states in the South would only serve to deepen sectioinal differences between the North and…

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This table provides the basic information for the disallowed claims for the Southern Claims Commission in Chatham County, North Carolina.

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