Editorial in the Lexington Valley Star of March 14, 1861.
Abraham Lincoln took office as president of the United States and delivered his inaugural address on March 4, 1861. Virginians' reactions to the address ranged from enthusiasm to condemnation. The editor of the Lexington Valley Star reflected the mixed feelings of many Virginians by finding reasons for both hope and fear in the address. He concluded by writing, "If the Virginia Convention will immediately pass resolutions firmly in opposition to coercion, recommendatory of letting the seceded states go for the present—calling on the other States to hold Conventions and meet Virginia on the ground she assumes, and inviting a Conference of the Border Slave States immediately or as soon as practicable, all may yet go well and the Union be saved and reconstructed."