"The Day of Battle Has Arrived": Election Day 1860
Editorial in the Daily Richmond Enquirer, November 6, 1860
In November 1860, one of the editors of the Daily Richmond Enquirer, which had been one of the most influential Democratic papers in the South for more than fifty years, was Obadiah Jennings Wise, eldest son of former governor Henry Alexander Wise. Both men insisted that Southern men should present a united front against all of the dangers that they feared if antislavery Republicans gained control of the federal government. The term "Black Republicans" was a commonplace phrase that condemned the party as too favorable toward the interests of slaves and hostile toward the interests of slaveowners.