Resolutions of Rockbridge County Working Men
Resolutions unanimously adopted at a large meeting "of the working men, farmers and mechanics" of Rockbridge County, in Lexington, on December 19, 1860, and published in the Lexington Valley Star, January 10, 1861.
Newspapers during the winter of 1860–1861 reported on a large number of meetings in many parts of the country at which workingmen adopted resolutions about the secession crisis. On December 19, 1860, a meeting "of the working men, farmers and mechanics" in Lexington unanimously adopted twelve resolutions condemning antislavery agitators and Southern radicals for putting both slavery and the Union in jeopardy. One resolution declared, "We will not be driven from our affection for the Union by Northern Abolitionists or Southern fireeating demagogues." They also recommended "to the working classes and all Union-loving men, to hold similar meetings throughout the whole country, both North and South:— that the popular sentiment may be heard, so that politicians and demagogues may know, the people will not be dragged into civil and servile war, for the purpose of establishing a Constitutional Monarchy upon the ruins of a once happy and prosperous Republic."