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The reply of Governor Kills to this rail lor troops, addressed to Hon. Simon C.i rcroii. Secretary ol \\'ar. on the I5th of April, marked him as a man of prompt decision and vinat force of character. It \\.tsto l)e lor four lon^ year> the watch word of a great State and \\.is but the chrysiali/ed sentiment of the people of that day: " Your dispatch is received, and if genuine, which its extraordinary charac- ter leads me to doiil)t, 1 have to say in reply that 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 i;r"s-. usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked viola- tion 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."


The next and the inevitable step was the Convention of 1861. It was provided for by act of May i; the election was held May 13; on the 2Oth the Convention met; on the same day, North Carolina, after much deliberation, after a long consideration which might have been termed cowardice by more hotheaded neighbors, passed the ordi- nance of secession. She had been the last of the Southern States to enter the Federal union; she was the last to sever her connection with it. In this convention, as elsewhere. University of North Car- olina men were all powerful. The following were her contribution to the Convention of 1861:

Alexander county, A. C. Stewart; Beaufort, R. S. Donnell; Bla- den, Thomas D. McDowell; Brunswick, Thomas D. Meares; Cald- well, Edmund W. Jones (?); Camden, Dennis D. Ferebee; Carteret, Charles R. Thomas; Caswell, Bedford Brown; Chatham, J. H. Hea- den, John Manning, L. J. Merritt; Cumberland, Warren Winslow, Malcolm J. McDuffie (?); Davidson, B. A. Kittrell; Duplin, Joseph T. Rhodes; Edgecombe, William S. Battle, George Howard, Jr.; Forsyth, Rufus L. Patterson; Gaston, Sidney X. Johnston; Guilford. John A. Gilmer, R. P. Dick; Halifax, Richard H. Smith; Hender- son, William M. Shipp; Iredell, Anderson Mitchell; Mecklenburg, William Johnston, James W. Osborne; New Hanover, R. H. Cowan. Robert Strange; Northampton, D. A. Barnes; Orange, William A. Graham; Perquimans, Joseph S. Cannon (?); Person, John W. Cun- ningham; Pitt, Bryan Grimes; Randolph, William J. Long, Alfred