"Civil war must now come"
Editorial in the Daily Richmond Enquirer, March 5, 1861.
Abraham Lincoln took office as president of the United States and delivered his inaugural address on March 4, 1861. Virginians' reactions to the address ranged from enthusiasm to condemnation. The editors of the Daily Richmond Enquirer denounced the address as a declaration of war. "No action of our Convention can now maintain the peace," they wrote. "She must fight! The liberty of choice is yet hers. She may march to the contest with her sister States of the South, or she must march to the conflict against them. There is left no middle course; there is left no more peace; war must settle the conflict."