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Talk of secession in the South...

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January 7, 1861

THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, January 7, 1861 

* Southern secession talks
* Pre Civil War tensions
* Nice title to have in

Page 2 has: "Secession and Coercion" which is a very lengthy editorial beginning: "The withdrawal of the state of South Carolina from the Federal Union brings us face to face with grave issues, fraught with results of the most momentous importance..." with much, much more great reading (see for beginning). Page 2 also has: "From Virginia" with: "...is unquestionable that the legislature will not act without mature deliberation. There is no excitement here but all are calmly looking to future events..." and: "...The Alabama and Mississippi delegation...telegraphed their respective state conventions advising immediate secession..." and an item from Norfolk notes: "There was a large meeting here in favor of secession...urging the legislature to organize...to prepare for civil war, scorning coercion, denouncing and preparing to resist invasion." with more (see). More talk of secession elsewhere as well.
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: Pre-Civil War

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