Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“Let Us Fight Like Men for Our Firesides”


Four Tarheel Quotes

 51. “I was canvassing for the Union with all my strength; I was addressing a large and excited crowd, large numbers of whom were armed, and literally had my hand extended upward in pleading for peace and the Union of our Fathers, when the telegraphic news was announced of the firing on Ft. Sumter and the President’s call for 75,000 volunteers. When my hand came down from that impassioned gesticulation, it fell slowly and sadly by the side of a secessionist. I immediately, with altered voice and manner, called upon the assembled multitude to volunteer not to fight against, but for South Carolina. I said, if war must come, I prefer to be with my own people. If I had to shed blood I preferred to shed Northern blood rather then Southern blood. If we had to slay I had rather slay strangers than my own kindred and neighbors.”
--N.C. Gov. Zebulon Vance, April 1861 on Lincoln’s call for troops

52. “We are in the midst of war and revolution. North Carolina would have stood by the Union but for the conduct of the national administration (Lincoln’s) which for the folly and simplicity exceeds anything in modern history.
-- May 30, 1861 Jonathan Worth (Future governor, Quaker, and avid Unionist, he believed that his state was driven out of the Union by the actions of Lincoln, which was trying to force North Carolinians to not only violate the Constitution, but also wage war on a neighboring State.

53. “This State is a unit against the Lincoln Government. It is one great military camp. Some ten thousand troops are in the field. The old Union men are as determined as the original secessionists. The State is totally alienated from the Lincoln Government and will fight to extermination before they reunite with the North.”
-- Future N.C. gov. Jonathan Worth Dec. 7, 1861

54. “I regard the levy of troops made by the administration for the purpose of subjugating the States of the South as in violation of the Constitution and a gross usurpation of power. 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.”
-- N.C. Gov. Ellis- In response to Lincoln’s Sec. of War call for troops to invade South Carolina.


By refusing to compromise or discuss alternatives to secession with Southern legislators, and as President-elect endorse the cooling-off period Southern Unionists in North Carolina and the rest of the South desired, Lincoln drove a reluctant North Carolina and Virginia into the Southern Confederacy to protect their liberties in a more perfect union.
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
"Unsurpassed Valor, Courage and Devotion to Liberty"
"The Official Website of the North Carolina WBTS Sesquicentennial"

“Let Us Fight Like Men for Our Firesides”

“In [North Carolina] wrote [Jonathan] Worth, the Union sentiment was largely in the ascendant and gaining strength until Lincoln prostrated us. Congress having refused to pass the force bill [against South Carolina], we felt that the President could abandon Sumter and Pickens without any sacrifice of his principles, but in conformity with the Legislative will.  He induced the whole South so to believe. 

The assurance of [Secretary of State William] Seward to Judge [and Supreme Court Justice John A.] Campbell seems to have been made with deliberate duplicity . . . He [Lincoln] did more than all the secessionists to break up the Union, but whether he did this, not being statesman enough to comprehend the effect of his measures; or whether his purpose was to drive all the slave States into rebellion, thinking he could bring against us men enough, with the aid of servile insurrection, to overthrow us and abolish Slavery, we are in doubt . . . I infer . . . that Lincoln’s measures have united the North.  The[y] have certainly united North Carolina [for secession].”

“[Worth added a short time later that the] voice of reason is silenced.  Furious passion and thirst for blood consume the air . . . the very women and children are for war. I think the annals of the world furnish no instance of so groundless a war – but . . . let us fight like men for our own firesides.”

(The Civil War and Reconstruction, J. G. Randall, D.C. Heath and Company, 1937, pp. 256-257)


  1. And Abraham Lincoln burned, and suffered greatly, again this very day.

  2. I have mixed feelings on comparing Lincoln's obvious goal of both terrorizing and decimating the South and how the war against Japan was waged at the very end. I was always told that my dad would be dead along with a million other American troops had we not dropped the A-bombs on Japan. Just read this analysis that makes me question that conclusion. Also, with this Ebola madness and sending in our troops to do WHAT exactly??? Get infected, and then be brought back to America? Sounds like the Influenza epidemic of 1918 where more WW1 soldiers died from the live virus vaccine than the disease and then were shipped home to infect the general population. Epidemics, weapons of mass destruction - pick a winner as it seems the NWO sleazes have been waging war against we the Peasants for a very long time.

    1. . I was always told that my dad would be dead along with a million other American troops had we not dropped the A-bombs on Japan.



      this Ebola madness and sending in our troops to do WHAT exactly??? Get infected, and then be brought back to America

      Don't ask me. :) Thanks for the link.

  3. Fred has a kinder/gentler reminisce: http://fredoneverything.net/KGReunion.shtml

  4. In 1945-47 I changed buses every day under the Zebulon B. Vance monument on Pack Square in Asheville. Taking NC and US history every year and had no clue of what he was famous for. This country did not just start spiraling down the waste pipe yesterday. As another hero of mine wrote "We brought this on ourselves." At 82 all I can do is remember and warn. I can't lift any of my Mosins. Keep up the good work, Brock. You are the best of the Old North State to me.

    1. Interesting and thanks. Did you find out about fishing on the pier?

    2. I am going through changing circumstances here. When I can get there I surely will. Thanks.