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)
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.
Adapted by David Park, Dickinson College