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