"The President's infamous Proclamation"
Extract from an editorial in the Lynchburg Daily Virginian, May 2, 1861.
Following the surrender of Fort Sumter, in South Carolina, on April 13, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln requested 75,000 militiamen, including 2,340 officers and men from Virginia, to put down the Southern rebellion. Governor John Letcher did not comply with the president's request. Editor Charles William Button wrote in his Lynchburg Daily Virginian for May 2, 1861, that Lincoln's "infamous Proclamation" had breathed "nothing but vengeance, subjugation and war" and had destroyed the last vestige of Unionism in Virginia.