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The Secession flag raised in Wilmington, N.C...



Item # 586928

January 5, 1861

THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, January 5, 1861 

* Secession flag flies over Wilmington NC
* Pre Civil War tensions


Page 2 items include: "Lone Star Flag-Raising in Wilmington" "Secession Meeting & Speeches" with the article noting near the beginning: "On Thursday afternoon...quite a large crowd assembled...to witness the raising of a secession flag under the auspices of the Minute Men...the flag, which was red, with a large white star in the centre, containing in each of its five points three small red stars, was run up amid cheers & the firing of cannon..." with more (see). Great to have this report in a Wilmington newspaper. Also: "Effects of Civil War upon the North" "Charleston Convention" "The Social Horror" & more.
The front page is mostly taken up with ads but does have: "Methodist Episcopal General Conference & the Slavery Question". Pages 3 & 4 are entirely taken up with ads.
Wilmington was a major Atlantic Ocean port city for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and was one of the last ports to fall to Union forces in 1865. It ranked equal in size to Atlanta according to the 1860 census, and was a major point of entry for supplies for the entire Confederacy, exporting cotton & tobacco in exchange for munitions, clothing & food. As such it was barricaded by Union forces during the war, but blockade runners had some success in getting supplies through. It is just 170 miles north of Charleston, where the Civil War began.
Neighboring South Carolina was the first state to leave the union in December, 1860, and although North Carolina did not officially secede until after the bombing of Fort Sumter its political sympathies were strongly with the South ever since talk of secession began.
Complete in 4 pages, in nice condition.

Category: Confederate

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