Excerpt from History of the 102d Regiment, O. V. I
Up to the political campaign of 1860 no serious difficulty was anticipated, but the trouble was brought near by the split in the Democratic party in their National Convention of 1860 at Charles ton, S. C. The Northern Democra... ts, after the Southern delegates had withdrawn from the Convention, nominated Stephen A. Doug las, of Ill., and the Southern Democrats adjourned to Baltimore, Maryland, and nominated John C. Breckenridge. Of Ky.
The Republicans nominated Abraham Lincoln, of III. The Re publican platform did not attack the institution of slavery in the States where it already existed, but strongly contended against the further extention into the territories. The election of Abra ham Lincoln was the result oi the great political con¿ict.
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