Editorial in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, March 6, 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. Archibald W. Campbell, editor of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, was one of Virginia's Republican Party leaders. In the 1860 presidential election, Lincoln received 771 votes in Wheeling and in Ohio County. Campbell reviewed Lincoln's inaugural address and concluded that it would calm the country. He wrote, "On the whole, we think Mr. Lincoln's inaugural will be well received by the country generally. There may be some timid men who fear that it will provoke a collision. It will do nothing of the sort, and we believe time will prove it."