Editorial in Leesburg Democratic Mirror, December 26, 1860.
The editor of the Leesburg Democratic Mirror, in Loudoun County, recognized that the secession of South Carolina had forced the nation to face the prospect of civil war. "The secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union," he announced, "which occurred at one o'clock on Thursday last, has given to our national affairs a more serious and alarming aspect than many have hitherto been willing even to admit as probable." In the 1860 presidential election, voters in the northeastern county gave nearly 70 percent of their votes for John Bell of the Constitutional Union Party. Abraham Lincoln received 11 votes. In February 1861, the county's voters elected two firm opponents of secession to the Virginia Convention.