Summary of Content: Address of General Bragg, The Battlefields of Manassas, The Fight at Washington, Battles around Manassas. An editorial speaks up following the election of Governor Vance, revealing the relationship between this paper and its competitor, the Register, and a report of the gubernatorial inauguration is included. Reports from several different warfront campaigns are printed. Minutes from the Confederate Congress are included, as well as a list of recent West Pointe graduates. A letter to the editor surmises the war to be one of purposeful extinction of the Southern way of life. An article reprinted from the Richmond Whig compares the Confederates with Prussia. A letter from a local soldier at Manassas Plains to his father is printed here, with another letter from a soldier stationed in Washington. Correspondence between Lee and others, including Davis, is included.
Background: The Standard was established in 1834 by Philo White, a New Yorker who had come to North Carolina in 1820 and first worked as editor of the Western Carolinian, a strong Jacksonian paper. His political friends later urged him to start another newspaper, the Standard, which became an important Democratic paper. In November 1835 White employed Nathaniel O. Blake as a printer. In 1836 White sold the paper to Thomas Loring, of Massachusetts, a Democrat unsatisfactory for local Democratic leaders. In 1842 William Woods Holden (1818-1892) purchased the paper from Loring. , , Holden, a native of Hillsborough, North Carolina, had learned the trade of the press when he worked as an apprentice at the offices of the Hillsborough Recorder. He attempted unsuccessfully to start the Oxford Kaleidoscope and Southern Republican in 1837, and later moved to Raleigh to work for the Raleigh Star. The Standard quickly became a popular, successful paper under Holden’s leadership as a reform-minded, becoming the Democratic voice in North Carolina. Holden employed John Spellman, a renowned writer and printer. In 1850 the Standard announced a semi-weekly edition of its paper., , After the Civil War Holden helped create the state Republican party and was later appointed governor of North Carolina by President Andrew Jackson during Reconstruction in 1865. He was not reelected until 1868. During his administration he worked to build his party’s reputation, but was caught between Republican and Democratic battles and was impeached. He returned to the press., , Other versions of this paper title include the North Carolina Standard, North Carolina Standard Weekly, Weekly North Carolina Standard, Weekly Standard, Semi-Weekly North Carolina Standard, Semi-Weekly Standard, Tri-weekly Standard, Daily North Carolina Standard, and Daily Standard.