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The governor of North Carolina sends an immediate refusal to provide troops for the Union

John Willis Ellis, detail
04/15/1861
Governor John W. Ellis telegraphed Secretary of War Simon Cameron from Raleigh an immediate response to the call for two regiments from his state to serve the Union.  His telegram concluded,  "I regard the levy of troops made by the Administration for the purpose of subjugating the States of the South as in violation of the Constitution and a usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Coming Struggle," New York Times, April 17, 1861, p. 1.

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