Military Rule by Default

Mark L. Bradley

in Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135120 | DOI:
Military Rule by Default

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Since General Schofield served as the North Carolina's occupation commander, he had to deal with a state that was short of a civil government. The refutation of the first agreement proposed by Sherman reinforced how the General Assembly, the governor, and other officials on both the local and the state levels were no longer allowed to go back to their previous responsibilities. Compared to other states, North Carolina did not foster a Lincoln-sponsored Unionist government. Edward Stanly, a native Tar Heel, assumed the position of military governor after he had been appointed by Lincoln but he soon resigned because of the Emancipation Proclamation. As Lincoln moved that a Unionist government be imposed, North Carolina remained under martial law until the civil government was restored. This chapter illustrates how Schofield was able to issue certain orders regarding the war's end and emancipation during his relatively short regime.

Keywords: General Schofield; North Carolina; Unionist government; civil government; Emancipation Proclamation; Lincoln

Chapter.  8639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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