The Covington Journal of September 21, 1861 published this piece, offering what it considered to be a positive sign of things to come.
The dissolution of the Republican party - now manifest and undeniable - is the first glimpse of sunshine that has burst upon the country since the President's War Proclamation in April last.
The Republican party is afraid or ashamed to go before the country upon the issues it has created. It is afraid or ashamed to defend the unconstitutional acts of President Lincoln; the enormous expenditures of the Executive, or the corruption and imbecility of high officials. This is a good sign. There is yet ground for hope.