"We are a strong advocate of the Union"
Editorial in the Lexington Valley Star, February 14, 1861.
): In mid-February 1861, ten days after the election of delegates to the Virginia Convention and the opening of the national Peace Conference in Washington, D.C., the editor of the Lexington Valley Star responded to charges that men who were not in favor of immediate secession were necessarily going to submit to intolerable Northern demands. The editor wrote, "As much as we love the Union, we never entertained the most remote idea of compromising any of our rights in the Union." He concluded, "We are for demanding our constitutional rights, in the right way, and in the proper spirit," by which he did not mean immediate secession, "and if we cannot get them, be assured that you will not find us classed among the submissionists."