North Carolina Voices

The Peace Movement, 1863-1864

"We are for peace because there has been enough of blood and carnage, enough of widows and orphans, heartbroken mothers and sorrowing fathers . . . . But I am told if I talk for peace while our brave soldiers are fighting for it, I am aiding and comforting the enemy . . . . Every battle is an argument for peace, and every improvement by statesmen and people at home of the results of battle, is an argument for peace. Negotiations, to have an end, must certainly have a beginning . . . I suspended the Standard on account of the suspension of habeas corpus, abolishing civil law. I felt that if I could not continue to print as a free man I would not print at all, and I could not bear the idea of lowering or changing my tone."
  William Woods Holden, Newspaper Editor, Organizer of the Republican Party in North Carolina. Provisional Governor of post-war North Carolina in 1865 (and elected governor in 1868). Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina Standard, July 27, 1863; October 1, 1863; and March 18, 1864 (Buy the Book)

"A secret oath-bound Society, of a treasonable character, exists in North Carolina. There can be no doubt of the fact. The proof has been gradually accumulating and is now overwhelming. The names of some of its treacherous leaders are known . . . . it seeks to destroy the Confederacy . . . . The organization is known as the H. O. A. Society the letters standing for the words 'Heroes of America' . . . imported from Yankeedom."
  Daily Conservative, Newspaper, Raleigh, N.C., July 2, 1864.

Return to North Carolina Voices

In Their Own Words ...

R. H. Bacot Letter - CSS Neuse