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Fayetteville in Cumberland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Edward J. Hale House

Civil War Publisher

— Carolinas Campaign —

Edward J. Hale House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 25, 2013
1. Edward J. Hale House Marker
Inscription.  Across the street is the Hale-Williams House, notable for the variety of architectural styles it incorporates as well as for the prominence of its builder, Edward Jones Hale. Hale bought this property in 1847 and constructed the house in the 1850s.

Hale born in Chatham County on September 9, 1802, received an education in journalism on the Raleigh Register and the National Intelligencer in Washington, D.C. From 1825 to 1865, he published the Fayetteville Observer, which Francis W. Waldo had launched in 1817 as the Carolina Observer (North Carolina’s oldest newspaper still published). During the years before the Civil War, the paper became a leading political journal, with Hale acting as a major spokesman for the Whig party. Because of the newspaper’s strong pro-Southern tone and its editorial policy supporting Gov. Zebulon B. Vance, the destruction of the newspaper plant was among Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s objectives when he occupied Fayetteville in March 1865. Brig. Gen. Absalom Baird, military governor of Fayetteville during the occupation, reported, “Before leaving the town, I destroyed
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2 foundries of some importance, 4 cotton factories, and the printing establishment of 3 rebel newspapers.” Although the Observer office, a large three-story brick building on the corner of Hay and Anderson Streets, was destroyed, the files had been sent to Pittsboro and were saved.

In 1865, Hale moved to New York and established the E.J. Hale publishing house, then sold his home here in 1869. In 1882, he returned to Fayetteville, where he died on January 1, 1883. His sons resumed publishing the Fayetteville Observer in 1883.

The Hale-Williams House is a private residence, not open to the public.

(left) Edward J. Hale Courtesy Fayetteville Publishing Company
(right) Early edition of the Carolina Observer, predecessor of the Fayetteville ObserverCourtesy Fayetteville Publishing Company
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1838.
Location. 35° 3.343′ N, 78° 53.27′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in Cumberland County
Edward J. Hale House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 25, 2013
2. Edward J. Hale House Marker
. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Street and Hay Street, on the left when traveling south on Franklin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville NC 28301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Currahee Rocks (about 800 feet away); Scotch Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S. Arsenal (approx. ¼ mile away); Arsenal (approx. ¼ mile away); 1897 Poe House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sherman's Army (approx. 0.3 miles away); Arsenal Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
Edward J. Hale House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 25, 2013
3. Edward J. Hale House
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 620 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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