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Bluecoats and Tar HeelsSoldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina$
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Mark L Bradley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125077

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125077.001.0001

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The Struggle for Civilian Supremacy

The Struggle for Civilian Supremacy

(p.95) Chapter Five The Struggle for Civilian Supremacy
Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Mark L. Bradley

University Press of Kentucky

Jonathan Worth, North Carolina's new governor, was proud of how he was recognized as a resolute Union Whig as he rejected a doctrine that allowed the state the right to denounce an unjust federal measure referred to as nullification in 1831. He struggled to maintain North Carolina in the Union until May 20, 1861, since he was one of the General Assembly's six-term veterans. Even if he thought that the secession would result in adverse effects, he gave way to family and home ties and stayed loyal to the Old North State. Since he supported Confederate efforts, he drafted a petition that drew attention to the possibility of holding a state convention that would focus on peace negotiations with those in the North. As Worth's contributions may be attributed to the Conservative-Democratic coalition, this chapter demonstrates the endeavors made at attaining civilian supremacy.

Keywords:   Jonathan Worth, Union Whig, civilian supremacy, Old North State, Confederate efforts, nullification, Conservative-Democratic coalition

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