Fayetteville in Cumberland County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Edward J. Hale House
Civil War Publisher
—Carolinas Campaign —
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 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
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 Observer — Courtesy Fayetteville Publishing Company
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 3.343′ N, 78° 53.27′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in Cumberland County. 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Highsmith-Rainey Memorial Hospital (about 500 feet 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.
Categories. • Communications • War, US Civil •
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