Reenactment Group Participates in Activities
In the Old North State 150 years ago, Secessionists and Unionists were having a fierce debate. In the more populous Piedmont area of the state, there was largely a Unionist sentiment. Zebulon Vance, later to become the state's "war governor," was a supporter of remaining in the Union.
On April 15, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln called on North Carolina, along with other states, to help supply 75,000 militia for the purpose of quelling a "Southern insurrection." Zebulon Vance was delivering pleas for peace and continued loyalty to the Union, but when hearing the news, sadly sided with Secessionists. Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia all seceded from the Union when receiving Lincoln's request. Then North Carolina Gov. John Ellis replied to Lincoln, "You will not get troops from North Carolina," and on May 20, 1861, North Carolina became the final state to join the Confederacy.
"As the sesquicentennial of this country's bloodiest war is commemorated, we encourage folks to learn more by attending the many activities, re-enactments or living histories available," says a spokesman for the Moore County Camp Scotch Riflemen Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The Scotch Riflemen participate in local events such as Clenny Creek Day and Malcolm Blue Farm Festival. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Facebook page for Moore County Scotch Riflemen Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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