WHY DID WE FIGHT THE CIVIL WAR ?
WHY DID NORTH CAROLINA SECEDE FROM THE UNION?
- On April 15, 1861 the Secretary of War notified governor Ellis of North Carolina that the Federal Government expected North Carolina to furnish 2 regiments of troops to make war of the seceded states. In Governor Ellis’s refusal he closed with these words
- "I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina."
FACTS ABOUT THE SOUTH SECEDING FROM THE UNION
- FourStatesthatfoughtwiththeNorthwereslavestates,Delaware,Maryland,Kentucky,and Missouri.
- President Buchanan did not wage war on seceded states;
- South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas all seceded while James Buchanan was President.
- November 1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected president. Lincoln received 40% of the popular vote and won 59% of the Electoral votes. He was not even on the ballot in the deep south.
- Jan. 24, 1861 NC voted to stay in Union: The North Carolina Legislature met and directed the people to vote on whether they wanted a convention to consider secession. On Feb. 28, 1861 the vote was held. The call for a convention was defeated by 651 votes, in other words North Carolina voted against even considering secession.
- Mar 30, 1861 "An Address to the People of Texas put forth by the Representatives of Texas, giving warning that, under the pretense of freeing the slaves, "the actual intention of the incoming Lincoln administration was to enslave a whole nation", an ominous warning that will be proven herein to have been made manifest, not necessarily by Lincoln, but by Congress.
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