"Sustain a paper zealous for your rights"
Undated editorial from the Floyd Southern Era reprinted in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, April 11, 1861.
On February 4, 1861, voters in Floyd County elected an opponent of secession to represent them in the Virginia Convention. The editor of the Southern Era, the local newspaper, continued to oppose secession even after many other editors, and perhaps many of his readers, embraced secession. One week after the Virginia Convention defeated a motion to secede by a two to one margin, the Unionist editor of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer reprinted the Floyd editor's appeal for financial support for Union papers, "Unless the people support their Union men and Union papers," he had written, "all is lost."