The Opposition Party was the name temporarily adopted in 1860 by North Carolina members of the Whig Party , which had practically dissolved over the slavery issue. Its supporters nominated John Pool  for governor  on a platform of union and an end to sectional agitation. Pool lost to John W. Ellis , the Southern Rights candidate.
Baggett, James Alex. The Scalawags: Southern Dissenters in the Civil War and Reconstruction . Louisiana State University Press. 2003.
Ellis, John Willis. Papers of John Willis Ellis: Volume 2. Raleigh [N.C.]: State Dept. of Archives and History. 1964. http://digital.ncdcr.gov/u?/p249901coll22,446134 
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