The Return of Civil Government

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:
The Return of Civil Government

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After General Ruger gained command of the Department of North Carolina, he initiated the transfer of authority to the civil officers of the state. However, Governor Holden articulated several complaints regarding some black soldiers and how, military improperly interfered with various civil affairs, and how civil authority continued to persist in the Tar Heel State. In disagreement, Ruger emphasized the effectiveness of martial law and how he was capable of intervening in civil affairs to bring about his desired outcomes. As this chapter provides a brief background on Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Ruger, it is important to note that the differences between the two men had to be resolved before the civil government may be re-established in North Carolina. The chapter also illustrates the transition from a military to a civil government across the state.

Keywords: General Ruger; Department of North Carolina; civil government; Tar Heel State; Governor Holden; black soldiers

Chapter.  9332 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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