Editorial in the Fredericksburg News, January 11, 1861.
In January 1861, the editor of the Fredericksburg News counseled moderation in determining the fate of the Union: "Let all the South unite on a common demand to the North, and we believe it will be accorded to us by all except New England. The Disunionists per se are the Abolitionists at the North and the misguided ultra men of the South—and both are enemies to the true interests of Virginia." Like many other Southerners, he blamed Northern abolitionists and overeager Southern secessionists for the threat of separation. The News's editor reflected the opinion of many Virginians and Americans who looked to Virginia to help set a course for the nation during the winter of 1860–1861.