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The 1861 meeting of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association took place in town of Lincolnton in neighboring Lincoln County and was held at local Presbyterian and Methodist churches. The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder R. P. Logan. The Circular Letter of this meeting was authored by Elder George W. Rollins. On the second day of meeting, the association devoted 30 minutes of prayer in behalf of the soldiers of the Confederate Army. It was reported in the minutes that since the previous Associational meeting on October 26, 1860, the following churches have withdrawn from the Association due to their rejection of the temperance resolutions adopted in 1859: Boiling Springs Baptist, Mount Sinai Baptist, Mount Pleasant Baptist, High Shoals Baptist, and Mount Paran Baptist. These churches then formed a separate association, the Constitutional Kings Mountain Baptist Association. The Kings Mountain Baptist Association resolved to mark these churches as unorthodox in their practice and would henceforth ignore all correspondence and association with churches holding membership in the new association. In response to the Civil War, the association resolved that member churches observe December 25 - January 1 as a period of fasting, humiliation, and prayer for the Confederate army and nation.
1861, October 25
Lincolnton, NC, Lincolnton County, Temperance Societies, United States Civil War, George W. Rollins, R. P. Logan, circular letter, Boiling Springs Baptist, Mount Sinai Baptist, Mount Pleasant Baptist, High Shoals Baptist, Mount Paran Baptist, Constitutional Kings Mountain Baptist Association
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Kings Mountain Baptist Association Collection; Minutes of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association, 1861. Series 1, Box 1, University Archives, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.