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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
nd a declaration of independence of Confederate rule was put forth, in form and style like that issued in 1776. This Declaration bore the signatures of Rev. Marble Nash Taylor, of the North Carolina Methodist Conference, Caleb B. Stowe, and William O'Neal. A more important convention was held at Hatteras a month later, Nov. 18.epresentative Nov. 27. (Charles Henry Foster), but he was not admitted to Congress, This movement was brought prominently before the citizens of New York by Mr. Taylor, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, at a meeting over which Mr. Bancroft, the historian, presided, in which he said that some 4,000 of the ieous growth, which they dried and exchanged for corn. The yoakum is a plaint which is extensively used in that region as a substitute for tea. The appeal of Mr. Taylor in behalf of these people was nobly responded to by generous gifts of money, food, and clothing. because of some technical objection. This leaven of loyalty, t
ated, and in some instances openly proclaimed,their purpose to confer official honors and emoluments and peculiar privileges upon a certain set of men separate from the community: to restrict the right of suffrage to a few, and to substitute a life tenure of public office for the term fixed by law. They have practically annulled the cardinal axiom of popular government and initial declaration of our Bill of Rights, that all political power is vested in and derived from the people only. Wherefore, from these tyrants and public enemies we now dissever ourselves, socially and politically, forever. And with a full and lively sense of the responsibilities which our action devolves upon us, and reverently invoking the aid and guidance of Almighty God, we pledge to each other, for the maintenance of this solemn compact, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Marble Nash Taylor, Caleb B. Stowe, William O'Neil. Hatteras, Hyde County, North Carolina, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1861.
n Congress to fill the vacancy, and the election shall be conducted in like manner as regular elections. And it appearing that the second Congressional district is unrepresented, Now, therefore, I, Marble Nash Taylor, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby notify and require the good and loyal people of the second Congressional district of this State, qualified to vote for members of the House of Commons of the General Assembly, to attend at the several voting places in the said district, on Thursday, the 28th day of November, 1861, and cast their ballots for a representative of the State in Congress. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the State to be affixed, at Hatteras, this, the eighteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-one, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-sixth. Marble Nash Taylor. By the Governor, Alonzo J. Stow, Private Secretary. Hatteras, Nov. 18, 1861.
great interests of mankind throughout the globe. It is an aggressive war upon popular liberty in the United States, and its claims can never be conceded short of an absolute surrender of the rights of man and a craven recantation of the holy creed of freedom. I therefore call upon all the good people of this Commonwealth to return to their allegiance to the United States, and to rally around the standard of State loyalty, which we have reerected and placed side by side with the glorious flag of the republic. I adjure you as North Carolinians, mindful of the inspiring tradition of your history, and keeping in view your true interests and welfare as a people, to rise and assert your independence of the wicked tyrants who are seeking to enslave you. Remember the men of Mecklenburg and the martyrs of Alamance — dead, but of undying memory — and endeavor to repeat their valor and their patriotism. Marble Nash Taylor, Provisional Governor of North Carolina. Hatteras, Nov. 20, 186
only one severely. My officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates were every thing I could desire. They one and all performed their duty with the greatest cheerfulness, and in the most able and efficient manner. I am much indebted to Major Arnold, my executive officer, for his valuable assistance — his whole conduct was admirable; and Captains Allen, Chalfin, Blunt, Robertson, Hildt, and Duryea, and Lieutenants McFarland, Langdon, Clossin, Shipley, Jackson, Pennington, Seeley, and Taylor, merit my warmest encomiums for the coolness and deliberation with which they performed, without one exception, their duty under a heavy continuous shower of shot, shells, and splinters for two successive days. Lieutenant Todd, ordnance officer, had full supplies of all required articles, which were on hand at the post, and his department was conducted with system and efficiency. Major Tower, Surgeon Campbell, and Assistant Surgeon Sutherland, in their respective duties, sustained their hi
ation in the councils of the Union. I do furthermore direct that, upon the same day aforesaid, the polls be opened for the election of representatives in the Congress of the United States to fill existing vacancies. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the great seal of the State to be affixed, at Hatter as, this 22d of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-sixth. Marble Nash Taylor. Federal account of the Partial Destruction of Harper's Ferry. Sandy Hock, Md., Feb. 7, 1862. --This forenoon Capt. Baylor and three of his men, concealed themselves behind a stone wall, just, above Harper's Ferry bridge, when one of them, either black or painted, by displaying a flag of truce, induced a loyal Virginian over. When nearly across, Capt. Baylor and two others fired and killed the ferryman. Our batteries on the heights shelled the buildings. Subsequen
Things about Newbern. The following interesting article is from the Wilmington (N. C.) Journal: Evidently the Lincoln Government is ungrateful. After the Reverend Marble Nash Taylor has traitorized enough to sin his stupid little soul away beyond redemption, or the hope of redemption, the authorities at Washington have most shamefully neglected that great man, and most unjustly ignored his immense claims as Governor elect of the State of Hatteras by the tumultuous acclamation of forty-three white men and a half, the half being a gentleman supposed to be not more than half white, but fully two-thirds drunk, as, indeed, were the majority of the Reverend gentleman's intelligent constituency upon that important and momentous occasion. An officer pretty generally known along the coast some years ago as captain Foster of the United States army, and more recently mentioned in connection with the evacuation of Fort Moultrie and the occupation of Fort Sumter by Major Anderso