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Political and ideological divisions among Chatham citizens are nothing new. Yet, little attention has been given to the disunity and disagreements prevalent leading up to and during the Civil War. In a recent paper, Jim Wiggins addresses evidence of major disagreements in the county on the issues of slavery, secession, the war and who would fight. You can read his paper on our website:chathamhistory.org/pdfs/ChathamsInnerCivilWar.pdfThe clipping below from the February 17,1864, Weekly Standard (Raleigh) is one example of disunity in the county. It reports the proceedings of a public meeting in Chatham County held at Hezekiah Henderson’s store on February 4. This was one of several meetings in Chatham at which citizens urged the state to convene a peace convention to propose terms to settle the war. A peace convention was strongly opposed by others in the county, as well as by the governor, and such a convention was not held. #ChathamHistory #ChathamNC #CivilWar #PoliticalDisunity ... See MoreSee Less
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