t professions of love for the Union and the Constitution; and, with such avowals emblazoned on their standards, they went.
into the fight, each doubtful of success, and all conscious that a national crisis was at hand.
There was a vague presentiment before the minds of reflecting men everywhere, that the time when the practical answer to the great question — What shall be the policy of the Nation concerning Slavery?--could no longer be postponed.
The conflict was desperate from July to November, and grew more intense as it approached its culmination at the polls.
The Republicans and Douglas Democrats were denounced by their opponents as Abolitionists-treasonably sectional, and practically hostile to the perpetuation of the Union.
The Breckinridge party, identified as it unfortunately was with avowed disunionists — men who for long years had been in the habit of threatening to attempt the dissolution of the Union by the process of secession, whenever the revelations of the Census