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The Alexandria Gazette of March 20, 1861, reported three episodes that reveal how preoccupied some Virginians were with politics during the secession crisis.
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"Lincoln was burnt in effigy"

Three news items from the Alexandria Gazette, March 20, 1861.

The Alexandria Gazette of March 20, 1861, reported three episodes that reveal how preoccupied some Virginians were with politics during the secession crisis. In one episode, students at Hampden-Sydney College, in Prince Edward County, reportedly burned an effigy of President Abraham Lincoln during a "calithumpian serenade," a name given in the nineteenth century to an undisciplined student event.

Three news items from the Alexandria Gazette, March 20, 1861.

A house of ill-fame, in Wytheville, Va., known as "Fort Sumter," was demolished by the citizens of that place last week.
President Lincoln was burnt in effigy at Hampden Sydney College, on the 4th inst., amid a "calithumpian serenade."
John Van Riper, suspected of being an abolitionist, was ordered to leave Petersburg, Va., last Saturday.