From The Greensborough Patriot
July 24, 1862 – Pg. 3
the Raleigh Standard.
of Orange Conscripts.
a meeting held in Camp Holmes, near Raleigh, on the 19th of July, by
Conscripts from the County of Orange, the following resolutions were passed.
Resolved. That we are determined to act well our part
in the present perilous condition of the country.
Resolved. That we do not approve of that feature in the
act of conscription which tolerates substitutes. In the fight for freedom, all should fight,
as all will be free.
Resolved. That among our regrets at leaving home, is
this; That we leave behind us all the public men who advised us to destroy
our old Government. To name a few of
them—Mr. Henry K. Nash, who promised to go with his bird gun, and to take his
son’s place when he fell. Mr. Paul C.
Cameron, who obligated himself to “wade knee deep in blood, and to let the
Yankees walk over his dead body, before their foot should stain the soil of
North Carolina.” Dr. Pride Jones, who is
equally and as publicly bound to fight.
And among the smaller warriors before the war began, we will name
William F. Strayhorn, Richard M. Jones, Dr. John Allison, J. F. Lyon, J. L.
Stewart, and Buck Stroud.
Resolved. That while duty and the law compels us
to fight, public pledges, duty and honor compel these gentlemen to aid us.
Resolved. That Gen. Pride Jones be requested not to put
upon his staff any one coming under the conscript act.
Resolved. That we do not approve of our sheriff
appointing Wayne McDade deputy, as there is little or no business for the
sheriff to do—courts and court business being mostly suspended; and we look
upon it as robbing the army of a good soldier when there is such pressing need
Resolved. That these proceedings be published in the Standard,
and all papers in the State who are for a vigorous prosecution of the war be
requested to copy.
T. Blackwood, Sec’y