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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
With such sentiments as these from her leading men it is hardly a matter of surprise that North Carolina moved slowly in the consideration of this great question. On the other hand, Judge S. J. Person, the leader of the secession forces in North Carolina, was also a University man, and on December 10th, 1860, as Chairman of the Committee on Federal Relations, made a report to the General Assembly, in which it was recommended that a convention be elected on February 7th, 1861, to meet on the 18th, to consider the grave situation. A minority report was signed by three members of the committee, Giles Mebane, Col. David Outlaw, and Nathan Newby, all University men, in which they opposed the calling of a convention, on the ground that it was premature and unnecessary. The conservatives carried their point and no convention was called. During the month of January, 1861, various delegations were received from the more southern States which had already seceded. It was the duty of these
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 24. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.57 (search)
cock's Texans, but not a gun was fired, though several attempted to escape capture by trying to swim the river, and were drowned. While it was General Slaughter's command that won the last battle of the war, yet to Colonel Ford is due the honor of precipitating the battle and gaining the victory, and inflicting a heavy loss upon the enemy, who outnumbered his troops more than five to one, without the loss of a man. General Slaughter was detained in Brownsville until late in the day of the 18th, but Colonel Ford, called by his soldiers Old Rip, was all day in the thickest of the fight, and early in the morning, while rifle balls were whistling around, he addressed his men about as follows: Men, we have whipped the enemy in all our previous fights. We can do it again. The men shouted, Hurrah for Old Rip! As the hurrahs ceased he gave the order, Forward! Charge! The response was a Texan yell, and a charge which no infantry line ever formed on the Rio Grande could withstand. The