North Carolina, State of
Was one of the original thirteen States of the Union
Its coasts were discovered, it is supposed, by Cabot
(1498) and Verazzani (1524), and later by the people sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh
The first attempt at settlement in that region was made by 108 persons under Ralph Lane, who landed on Roanoke Island
It was unsuccessful.
Other colonies were sent out by Raleigh
, and the last one was never heard of afterwards.
No other attempts to settle there were made until after the middle of the seventeenth century.
As early as 1609 some colonists from Jamestown
seated themselves on the Nansemond
, near the Dismal Swamp
; and in 1622 Porey
, secretary of the Virginia
colony, penetrated the country with a few friends to the tide-waters of the Chowan
In 1630 Charles I. granted to Sir Robert Heath
, his attorney-general
, a patent for a domain south of Virginia
, 6° of latitude in width, and extending westward to the Pacific Ocean
did not meet his engagements, and the patent was vacated.
In March, 1663, Charles II.
granted to eight of his rapacious courtiers a charter for the domain granted to Heath
They had begged it from the King
under the pretence of a “pious zeal for the propagation of the Gospel among the heathen.”
These courtiers were the covetous and time-serving premier and historian, the Earl
; George Monk
, who, for his conspicuous and treacherous services in the restoration of the monarch to the throne of England
, had been created Duke
; Lord Craven, the supposed dissolute husband of the Queen
of Bohemia; Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper
, afterwards Earl
; Sir John Colleton
, a corrupt loyalist, who had played
false to Cromwell
; Lord John Berkeley
and his brother, then governor of Virginia
(see Berkeley, Sir William
), and Sir George Carteret
(q. v.), a proprietor of New Jersey
—a man “passionate, ignorant, and not too honest.”
When the petitioners presented their memorial to King Charles, in the garden at Hampton Court
, the “merrie monarch,” after looking each
in the face a moment, burst into loud laughter, in which his audience joined heartily.
Then, taking up a little shaggy spaniel with large, meek eyes, and holding it at arm's-length before them, he said, “Good friends, here is a model of piety and sincerity which it might be wholesome for you to copy.”
Then, tossing it to Clarendon
, he said, “There, Hyde
, is a worthy prelate; make him archbishop of the domain which I shall give you.”
With grim satire, Charles introduced into the preamble of the charter a statement that the petitioners, “excited with a laudable and pious zeal for the propagation of the Gospel, have begged a certain country in the parts of America
not yet cultivated and planted, and only inhabited by some barbarous people who have no knowledge of God.”
The grantees were made absolute lords and proprietors of the country, the King
reserving to himself and his successors sovereign dominion.
They were empowered to enact and publish laws, with the advice and consent of the freemen; to erect courts of judicature, and appoint civil judges, magistrates, and other officers; to erect forts, castles, cities, and towns; to make war, and, in cases of necessity, to exercise martial law; to construct harbors, make ports, and enjoy custodies and subsidies on goods loaded and unloaded, by consent of the freemen.
granted freedom in religious worship, and so made Carolina an asylum for the persecuted.
Ten years before, a few Presbyterians from Jamestown
, under Roger Green
, suffering persecution there, settled on the Chowan
, near the site of Edenton
(q. v.) followed.
The New England
hive of colonists had begun to swarm, and some Puritans appeared in a vessel in the Cape Fear River
(1661) and bought lands of the Indians.
They were planting the seeds of a colony, when news reached them that Charles II.
had given the whole region to eight of his courtiers, and called it “Carolina.”
Nearly all of the New-Englanders left.
, of Virginia
, was authorized to extend his authority over the few settlers on the Chowan
He organized a separate government instead, calling it “Albemarle county
” colony, in compliment to one of the proprietors, and appointed William Drummond
, a Presbyterian from Scotland
(settled in Virginia
Two years later some emigrants came from Barbadoes
, bought land of the Indians on the borders of the Cape Fear River
, and, near the site of Wilmington
, founded a settlement, with Sir John Yeamans
This settlement was also organized into a political community, and called the “Clarendon county
” colony, in compliment to one of the proprietors.
's jurisdiction extended from the Cape Fear
to the St. John's River
This settlement became permanent, and so the foundations of the commonwealth of North Carolina
In 1674 the population was about 4,000.
Settlements had been begun farther south, and the proprietors had gorgeous visions of a grand empire in America
The philosopher John Locke
and the Earl
prepared (1669) a scheme of government for the colony, which contemplated a feudal system wholly at variance with the feelings of the settlers, and it was never put into practical operation.
Refugees from Virginia
, involved in Bacon
's rebellion (see Bacon, Nathaniel
), fostered a spirit of liberty among the inhabitants of North Carolina
, and successful oppression was made difficult, if not impossible.
They carried on a feeble trade in Indian corn, tobacco, and fat cattle with New England
, whose little coasting-vessels brought in exchange those articles of foreign production which the settlers could not otherwise procure.
The English navigation laws interfered with this commerce.
In 1677 agents of the government appeared, who demanded a penny on every pound of tobacco sent to New England
The colonists resisted the levy.
The tax-gatherer was rude and had frequent personal collisions with the people.
Finally, the people, led by John Culpeper
, a refugee from South Carolina
, seized the governor and the public funds, imprisoned him and six of his councillors, called a new representative Assembly, and appointed a new chief magistrate and judges.
For two years the colony was thus free from foreign control.
Then was enforced the political idea of Holland
— “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
In 1683 Seth Sothel appeared in North Carolina
He ruled the colony six years, when his rapacity and corruption could no longer be endured, and he was seized and banished.
Perfect quiet was not restored until the Quaker John Archdale
came as governor in 1695, when the colony started on a prosperous career.
In 1705 Thomas Carey
was appointed governor, but was afterwards removed, whereupon he incited a rebellion, and, at the head of an armed force, attacked Edenton
, the capital.
The insurrection was suppressed (1711) by regular troops from Virginia
In 1709 100 German families, driven from their desolated homes in the palatinates on the Rhine
, penetrated the interior of North Carolina
They were led by Count Graffenreidt
, and founded settlements along the head-waters of the Neuse
and upon the Roanoke
, with the count as governor.
They had just begun to gather the fruits of their industry, when suddenly, in the night of Oct. 2, 1711, the Tuscarora Indians
and others fell upon them like lightning, and before the dawn 130 persons perished by the hatchet and knife.
Then along Albemarle Sound
the Indians swept, with a torch in one hand and a deadly weapon in the other, and scourged the white people for three days, leaving blood and cinders in their path, when, from drunkenness and exhaustion, they ceased
murdering and burning.
On the eve of this murderous raid the Indians had made captive Count Graffenreidt
and John Lawson
of the province.
was tortured to death, but the
count saved his life and gained his liberty by adroitly persuading them that he was the sachem of a tribe of men who had lately come into the country, and were no way connected with the English
, or the deeds of which the Indians complained, and he actually made a treaty of peace with the Tuscaroras and Corees.
Troops and friendly Indians from South Carolina
came to the relief of the white people, and hostilities ceased; but the Indians, badly treated, made war again, and again help came from South Carolina
The war was ended when 800 Tuscaroras were captured (March, 1713), and the remainder joined their kindred, the Iroquois, in New York
In 1729 Carolina became a royal province, and was divided permanently into two parts, called, respectively, North
and South Carolina
Settlements in the north State gradually increased, and when the disputes between Great Britain
and the English
-American colonies began the people were much agitated.
In 1769 the Assembly of North Carolina denied the right of Parliament to tax the colonists without their consent.
In the interior of the colony an insurrectionary movement began, and in 1774 North Carolina
sent delegates to the first Continental Congress.
Finally an association was formed in Mecklenburg county
for its defence; and in May, 1775, they virtually declared themselves independent of Great Britain
Alarmed at the state of things, the royal governor (Martin
) abdicated, and took refuge on board a man-of-war in the Cape Fear River
A provincial convention assumed the government and organized a body of troops.
A State constitution was adopted in a congress at Halifax
, Dec. 18, 1776, and the government was administered by a Provincial Congress and a committee of safety until 1777, when Richard Caswell
was chosen the first governor of the State
In the Revolution.
The Tories were numerous in North Carolina
, where there was a large Scotch population.
however, were largely in the majority, and in 1780 they treated their Tory neighbors with unendurable severity.
Cornwallis, in command of the British
in South Carolina
, sent emissaries among them, who advised them to keep quiet until they had gathered their crops in autumn, when the British
army would march to their assistance.
They were impatient of the severities to which they were exposed, and flew to arms at once.
Of two considerable parties that assembled, one was attacked and dispersed at Ramsour's Mills, on the south fork of the Catawba
, on June 20, by 500 North Carolina militia, under General Rutherford
The other party succeeded in reaching the British
These amounted to about 800 men. Regarding the subjugation of South Carolina
as complete, Cornwallis commenced a march into North Carolina
early in September, 1780.
The main army was to advance by way of Charlotte
, and Hillsboro
, through the counties where Whigs most abounded.
was to move up the west bank of the Catawba River
with the cavalry and light troops; while Ferguson
, with a body of loyalist militia which he had volunteered to embody and organize, was to take a still more westerly route along the eastern foot of the mountain-ranges.
's corps was annihilated (Oct. 7) in an engagement at King's Mountain
(q. v.); and this so discouraged the Tories and the backwoodsmen that they dispersed and returned home.
Cornwallis had then reached Salisbury
, where he found the Whigs
numerous and intensely hostile.
Having relied much on the support of Ferguson
, he was amazed and puzzled when he heard of his death and defeat.
Alarmed by demonstrations on his front and flanks, Cornwallis commenced a retrograde movement, and did not halt until he reached Wainsboro, S. C., Oct. 27, between the Broad
and Catawba rivers
Here he remained until called to the pursuit of Greene
a few weeks later.
In Civil War days.
The popular sentiment in North Carolina
was with the Union
at the breaking-out of the Civil War
, and great efforts were made by the enemies of the republic to force the State
into the Confederacy
) favored the movement, but the loyal people opposed it. The South Carolinians
taunted them with cowardice; the Virginia Confederates
treated them with coldness; the Alabamians and Mississippians coaxed them by the lips of commissioners.
These efforts were in vain.
Thereupon the disloyal Secretary of the Interior
, acting as commissioner for Mississippi
, went back to Washington
convinced that the Confederates
of North Carolina
were but a handful.
The legislature, in authorizing a convention, directed the people, when they elected
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delegates for it, to vote on the question of “Convention” or “No convention.”
Of 128 members of the convention elected Jan. 28, 1861, eighty-two were Unionists
The people, however, had voted against a convention.
The legislature appointed delegates to the peace conference
(q. v.), and also appointed commissioners to represent the State
in the proposed general convention at Montgomery, Ala.
, but with instructions to act only as “mediators to endeavor to bring about a reconciliation.”
They declared, by resolution, Feb. 4, that if peace negotiations should fail, North Carolina
would go with the slave-labor States.
They also provided for arming 10,000 volunteers and the reorganization of the militia of that State.
Further than this the legislative branch of the government refused to go; and the people, determined to avoid war if possible, kept on in the usual way until the clash of arms at Fort Sumter
and the call of the President
for 75,000 volunteers filled the people of the State
with excitement and alarm.
Taking advantage of this state of public feeling, the legislature authorized a convention, and ordered the election of delegates on May 13.
At the same time it gave the governor authority to raise 10,000 men, and the State
treasurer the power to issue $500,000 in bills of credit, in denominations as low as 3 cents. It defined the act of treason to be levying war against the State
The convention assembled May 20, and issued an ordinance of secession by a unanimous vote.
On the same day the governor issued orders for the enrolment of 30,000 men, and within three weeks not less than 20,000 were under arms.
The forts were
again seized; also the United States mint at Charlotte
The loyal “North State,” placed between Virginia
and South Carolina
, could not withstand the pressure of the untiring Confederates of those two commonwealths.
Satisfied that there was a prevailing Union sentiment in eastern North Carolina
, Colonel Hawkins
, who had been left to garrison the Hatteras
forts, issued a proclamation to the people of that portion of the State
, assuring them that the National
troops made war only on the enemies of the government, and had come to support the loyal people in upholding the law and the Constitution
A response to this was a convention of the people in the vicinity of Cape Hatteras
, Oct. 12, 1861, who professed to be loyal.
By resolutions the convention offered the loyalty of its members to the national government.
A committee drew up and reported a list of grievances; also a declaration of independence
of Confederate rule.
A more important convention was held at Hatteras
on Nov. 18, in which representatives from forty-five of the counties of North Carolina
That body assumed the functions of a State government, and by a strongly worded ordinance provided for the government of North Carolina
in allegiance to the national Constitution.
The promise of good was so hopeful that President Lincoln
, by proclamation, ordered an election to be held in the 1st Congressional District. C. H. Foster
was elected to Congress, but never took a seat.
This leaven of loyalty in North Carolina
was soon destroyed by the strong arm of Confedrate power.
Operations on the coast.
, when called to the Army of the Potomac, Nov. 10, 1862, left Gen. J. G. Foster
in command of the National
troops in eastern North Carolina
That region had barely sufficient National troops to hold the territory against the attempts of the Confederates
to repossess it. These attempts were frequently made.
The little garrison at the village of Washington
, on the Pamlico River
, were surprised by Confederate cavalry at early dawn on Sept. 5, who swept through the village almost unopposed.
They were supported by two Confederate gunboats on the river.
The garrison, after a sharp street-fight for nearly three hours, expelled the assailants, killing 33 and wounding 100.
lost 8 killed and 36 wounded. Foster
was reinforced later, and determined to strike some aggressive blows that might intimidate his antagonists.
Early in November he made an incursion in the interior and liberated several hundred slaves.
With a larger force he set out from Newbern
, Dec. 11, to strike and break up the railway at Goldsboro
that connected Richmond
with the Carolinas, and form a junction with the National
forces at Suffolk
His passage of a large creek was disputed by General Evans
and 2,000 Confederates, with three pieces of artillery.
They were routed, and Foster
passed on, skirmishing heavily.
When near Kinston
he encountered (Dec. 14) about 6,000 Confederates, well posted, and, after a sharp fight, they were driven across the river, firing the bridge behind them.
The flames were put out, and 400 of the fugitives were captured.
pushed on towards Goldsboro
, and near that place was checked by a large Confederate force under Gen. G. W. Smith
destroyed the railroad bridge over the Neuse
, 6 miles of the railway, and a half-finished iron-clad gunboat, returning to Newbern
at the end of eight days with a loss of 507 men, of whom 90 were killed.
The Confederate loss was near 900, full one-half of whom were prisoners.
In the winter of 1863 Foster
sent out raiding expeditions, liberating many slaves.
The raids aroused Gen. D. H. Hill
, who concentrated a considerable force.
He attacked Newbern
with twenty guns, but was repulsed, when he marched on Little Washington, and on March 30 began a siege of the place.
He planted heavy cannon at commanding points and cut off the supplies of the garrison of 1,200 men. General Spinola
attempted to raise the siege, but failed.
The transport Escort
, bearing one of Spinola
's regiments, accompained by General Palmer
and others, ran the gantlet of batteries and sharp-shooters and carried supplies and troops to the beleaguered garrison.
At the middle of April, Hill
, expecting an expedition against him, abandoned the siege and fled.
In May an expedition, led by Col. J. R. Jones
, attacked the Confederates
8 miles from Kinston
their intrenchments, with 165 prisoners. They were afterwards attacked (May 23) by the Confederates
, but repulsed their assailants.
Near the end of the month Gen. E. A. Potter
led a cavalry expedition, which destroyed
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much property at Tarboro
and other places.
The country was aroused by this raid, and Potter
was compelled to fight very frequently with Confederates sent against him. Yet his loss during his entire raid did not exceed twenty-five men. Soon afterwards (July) Foster
's department was enlarged, including lower Virginia
, and, leaving General Palmer
in command at Newbern
, he made his headquarters at Fort Monroe
Early in 1865 Fort Fisher
was captured, and General Sherman
made his victorious march through the State
, which ended in the surrender of Johnston
's army in May. W. W. Holden
was appointed provisional governor of the State
, May 29, 1865, and a convention of delegates, assembled at Raleigh
, adopted resolutions (Oct. 2) declaring the ordinance of secession null, abolishing slavery, and repudiating the State
debt created in aid of the Confederate
A new legislature was elected, which ratified the amendment to the national Constitution abolishing slavery.
The new government of North Carolina
did not meet the approval of Congress; nor were the representatives of the State
admitted to that body.
In 1867 a military government for the State
was instituted, and measures were taken for a reorganization of the civil government.
In the election that followed colored people voted for the first time, when 60,000 of their votes were cast.
In January, 1868, a convention adopted a new constitution which was ratified by the people in April.
It was approved by Congress, and North Carolina
was declared, in June, to be entitled to representation in that body.
On July 11 the President
proclaimed that North Carolina
had resumed its place in the Union
The Fifteenth Amendment to the national Constitution was ratified
March 4, 1869, by a large majority.
During that year and the next the State
was much disturbed by the outrages committed by the Ku-Klux Klan
(q. v.). Governor Holden
declared martial law in two counties; and for this articles of impeachment were preferred against him, and he was removed from office.
Population in 1890, 1,617,947; in 1900, 1,893,810.
See Amidas, Philip
; United States, North Carolina
, in vol.
37th, 38th, and 39th Congresses vacant.