"Our Convention hesitates to secede"
Excerpt from an editorial in the Staunton Vindicator of March 15, 1861.
Eleven days after Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president of the United States, the editor of the Staunton Vindicator expressed his impatience at the Virginia Convention for refusing to secede from the Union. In Augusta County in February the voters elected three firm opponents of secession to represent the county and the city of Staunton in the Virginia Convention, but the editor, like many other citizens, changed his mind during the spring. Although he had once counselled caution following Lincoln's election in November 1860, the editor angrily wrote in mid-March 1861, "Honor, freedom, justice, good faith, all are to be crushed under the Juggernaut of abolition villainy."