North Carolina in their organic capacity, for these men died at the command of their State, and it was exceedingly proper that she should thus honor them.
The heroic in history but seldom occurs.
It is not often that the life of nations rises above the monotonous level which characterizes the daily routine of duty.
When such periods do occur they are usually as a part of some great national uprising like the leve en masse in France under the first Napoleon, or the Landsturm in Germany in 1813.
Of the American States, none can show a fairer record in this respect than North Carolina.
There is little in the Colonial or State history of North Carolina that is discreditable.
The key-note to the whole of her Colonial history is unending opposition to unjust and illegal government, by whom or whenever exercised.
Before the colony was well in its teens it had expelled one of its governors from office, and a better man, one who was more in sympathy with the people, had taken his place