In Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Democratic newspaper denounces "Old Abe's War"
In an editorial, John Bratton, Democratic editor of the American Volunteer in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, denounced Republican policies and the president in particular saying "Abraham Lincoln, the poor imbecile who occupies and disgraces the Presidential chair, has thought proper to commence a civil war." This civil war will "drench the country in blood." Local opinion forced Bratton to publish his support of the war days later. (By John Osborne)
"Old Abe's War," Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, April 18, 1861.
David G. Colwell, Bitter Fruits: The Civil War comes to a small town in Pennsylvania (Carlisle, PA: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1998), 37-38.