Festlig nekrolog den der.
Kan ha det mye moro med å lese amerikanske aviser fra den tiden. Redaktører og journalister var ikke så redde for å mene noe, og trykket rutinemessig temmelig injurierende artikler som ville fått Ari Behn til å finne fram duellpistolene.
Finnes en glitrende side på nettet kalt "The Valley of the Shadow" hvor man kan lese lokalaviser fra borgerkrigsårene.
Om nevnte Breckinridge kan man for eksempel lese dette:
It is reported, we presume on good authority, says the N. Y. Tribune of Saturday last, that John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, has at length gone over to the enemy, and joined the Rebels who are seeking to destroy the Republic, and who, from the beginning of their treasonable movement have had his secret sympathy and countenance.
To the country and to the Government his departure is no great loss. To the great majority of loyal citizens the name of John C. Breckinridge is the symbol, not of a great or eminently able man, but of a small and commonplace politician, a mediocre lawyer, and of a soldier who, while in service in Mexico, never faced any other enemies than the opposing counsel in the prosecutions which he assisted the redoubtable Gen. Pillow in bringing against his associate and superior officers.
Born with a gold spoon in his mouth, of one of the most opulent and influential families of Kentucky, of pleasing manners and appearance, and of insatiable ambition, he has been pushed forward in public life more rapidly than any other man in our history. Before the age of forty, an age earlier than which high public position is rarely attained in this country, he has been twice a Member of the House of Representatives, had been Senator and Vice President of the United States, and at length the candidate of a great party for the Presidency itself.
In all these posts, with all these opportunities he has done nothing, literally nothing. Outside of his native State no man remembers, no man can recall a speech or an act of Mr. Breckinridge which was striking or important enough to take a hold, however feeble, of the public mind.
The act by which he will be hereafter best known and longest remembered, is the act of open treason which he has just committed. In himself he is of no consexuence [sic], but the shameful defection of a man so petted and caressed by public favor will bring a pang of regret to thousands of honest Northern hearts, as they recall the delusion under which they were led to give him their suffrages in last November.
Men enda mer injurierende enn slike artikler om fienden, er alle artiklene man skriver for å sverte konkurrerende aviser i samme by.
For eksempel denne fra en nordstatsavis som bokstavelig talt prøver å sverte sin konkurrent ved å hevde at de har mistet hvite lesere, men fått flere lesere blant afroamerikanere...
We understand, from a reliable source, that since the election, our neighbor of the Dispatch has discharged the small boy, who, previously to that time, carried the country circulation of that delectable little sheet to the Post office in his vest pocket.
Since the campaign subscribers have been dropped, it is not deemed necessary to retain the Boy for that purpose, and a considerable item of expense can thus be saved.
We are sorry that our cotemporary has lost its country subscribers; but we are inclined to believe that what it has lost in the country, it has more than gained in that portion of our Borough, generally known as Wolffstown.
We observed, a few days ago, a couple of the denizens of that sweet suburb, intently poring over its last issue, one of whom remarked that "dis is de best newspaper printed in dis town."
A venerable darkey of that locality informs us that the articles in that paper, abusive of aged and respectable white citizens, and those detractive of General McClellan, are highly applauded by the intelligent community of that classic region.