Recollection by Lydia A. Titus, Galesburg Debate, October 7, 1858

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates attracted such attention that people flocked from surrounding areas to see the events. Decades later Lydia A. Titus, a schoolteacher from Rio, Illinois, recalled her journey to witness the Galesburg debate. She and thirty-one others embarked upon the trip declaring their support for Lincoln with a banner that read “Rio, Lincoln, and Liberty.” Titus remembered Lincoln stepping down from the platform to “shake hands with each girl and say a welcome to all.” She concluded that although Douglas was the “better orator,” “Mr. Lincoln was right.“ (By David Park)

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Lydia A. Titus, "From New York to Iowa," in John C. Parish, ed.,  The Pamlimpsest  (2 vols; Iowa City: The State Historical Society of Iowa, 1920), 2: 315-317.
Author (from)
  Titus, Lydia A.
Type
  Book
Date Certainty
  Exact
Transcriber
  Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College
Transcription date
  07/16/2009

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