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men of the South, above all the people of North Carolina, rushed into the tremendous conflict of the Civil War in thoughtless pride, or mad determination to preserve a single species of property, knows nothing of the true spirit that filled the hearts of the best of the land.
The Union had been the beloved object of Southern patriotism.
Alamance and Mecklenburg sounded to arms for the revolutionary struggle, Patrick Henry's eloquence fired the torch of liberty, Washington led her hosts, Madison drafted the Constitution, Marshall interpreted the laws—Southern men all. King's Mountain and Guilford were the precursors of the inevitable close of the drama of the revolution at Yorktown.
For seventy years and more Southern genius dominated the country and led it, step by step, to the pinnacle of fame.
Jefferson and Jackson were the great executives of the first half of the century.
The second War of Independence, in 1812, was maintained chiefly by Southern valor.
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