I was scouring through newspapers from the Upper South in December 1860 today, specifically Fayetteville, North Carolina, in search of information on another topic, when I saw some articles about the states of the Upper South after Lincoln's election. I did not have time to read them as they were not generally related to what I was researching, but "Who Makes the Noise?" on Page 3 of the Fayetteville Weekly Observer on December 17, 1860, caught my eye. Its author argued states like South Carolina were outright wrong/lying about the issue of non-enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act being a justification/motivation for secession given that argument was being made by states further south where runaways to the North was less of an issue than in the Upper South and also pointing out that separation of the slave states from the Union would make runaways a much bigger problem since the Fugitive Slave Act would no longer be relevant at all. They also pointed out that South Carolina had the luxury of being particularly aggressive in their rhetoric given they were insulated by the Upper South/Border States such as North Carolina and Virginia and predicted that secession would mean a war in which the Upper South would see and do most of the fighting. Indeed, North Carolina lost around 40,000 men in the Confederate service vs. South Carolina's loss of 12,992.