The article on this page was published April 24, 1861 in the Weekly Standard, a Raleigh, North Carolina newspaper. W. W. Holden, Editor.     Extracted by Myrtle Bridges March 10, 2003

We think it more than probable that this important work is by this time in possession of the State forces. 
It has been occupied by some sixty Untied States' troops. It is doubtful whether they have offered any 
resistance, as the attacking force ws estimated at some 800 to 1,000 men. If they have resisted, and destroyed 
the lives of unoffending women and children in Fayetteville by firing on that town, their lives to a man should 
atone for it. Soldierly resistance is to be expected, but the wanton destruction of the innocent by federal 
troops would be signally avenged.
	We learn that there are about 35,000 stands of arms in the Arsenal, 7,000 of which are of the best modern 
kind. There are also cannon, ball, powder, &c. These arms are needed, and the sooner they are in the possession 
of the State the better.

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