If a faction should attempt to subvert the government of a State for the purpose of destroying its republican form, the paternal power of the Union
could then be called forth to subdue it. Yet it is not to be understood that its interposition would be justifiable if the people of a State should determine to retire from the Union
, whether they adopted another or retained the same form of government, or if they should, with the express intention of seceding, expunge the representative form from their code, and thereby incapacitate themselves from concurring, according to the mode now prescribed, in the choice of certain public officers of the United States
‘The secession of a State from the Union
depends on the will of the people of such State.
The States, then, may wholly withdraw from the Union
; but while they continue they must retain the character of representative republics.’
In April, 1861, the passions of the people North and South were stirred to their very depths with respect to the absorbing question, Is it war?
Is it peace?
—always conservative, always cherishing affection for the institutions of the country—shared the deep commotion that prevailed in the public mind.
There was hurrying hither and thither.
From the Atlantic ocean
to the culmination of the Alleghanies
, where the storm king plays upon his harp of pine, the people were organizing companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, divisions, armies.
The Fourteenth regiment of North Carolina
troops, originally the Fourth regiment, was organized the latter part of May, 1861, and the commission of Junius Daniel
as colonel of that regiment bears date June 3, 1861.
I have the most vivid recollection of the first time I saw Colonel Daniel
—Garysburg was the place, Sunday afternoon dress parade the occasion.
The regiment had been formed for the parade; the acting adjutant
had brought the command to present arms, and, after saluting the officer in charge of the parade, had taken his post.
in the full uniform of his rank, about five feet ten inches in height, weighing perhaps two hundred pounds, of the most commanding manner, splendid presence, perfectly self-possessed, about thirty-five years of age, with a voice deep, well trained, powerful in compass, at once seized the attention of the command; and from that moment until he laid down the reins of authority at the reorganization of the regiment, April 26, 1862, he was the guide of the regiment, their ideal of an officer, and as completely devoted to its comfort, care and training as if the regiment