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[NC] Civil War Blog
As described in an earlier blog post, Provisional Governor William W. Holden had convened a convention composed of “properly pardoned” delegates to fulfill a number of obligations necessary to complete President Andrew Johnson’s requirements for reentry into the United States. First, the convention had to reject the ordnance of secession that was passed in May 1861, and to pass a resolution to abolish slavery within the boundaries of Tar Heel state. Once those benchmarks were completed, the citizens had to elect a new governor and legislative body to recompose state government in North Carolina. Then the citizens of the state had to vote their approval of the rejection of the secession ordnance and resolution supporting the abolition of slavery.