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In Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Democratic newspaper swings into line in support of the war

Cumberland County Courthouse, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, winter scene, circa 1865, detail
04/24/1861
John Bratton, Democratic editor of the American Volunteer in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, who had days before denounced the war, published an enthusiastic editorial in support of the suppression of the rebellion.  His message ended "we can know no party but our country - no duty but obedience to its laws ... no allegience but to its laws ... no allegience but to its flag ... 'and may God protect the right'."  His son, William Bratton, had recently enlisted in the companies being recruited in the town. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Our Flag," Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, April 24, 1861.
David G. Colwell, Bitter Fruits: The Civil War comes to a small town in Pennsylvania (Carlisle, PA: Cumberland County Historical Society, 1998), 38.

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