From the Richmond Dispatch, 11/7/1860, p. 1, c. 5
Presidential Election. – The election yesterday was attended with considerable excitement and the great throngs about the polls attested the public interest in the result. Yet there was no serious disturbance in any quarter, and the day passed off as quietly as could have been expected. The heavy vote polled shows that all parties exerted themselves to the utmost. Much anxiety was manifested to hear the news from other sections of the State, and the bulletin boards were surrounded by crowds throughout the day.
At Henrico Court-House the excitement was great, and some fights occurred in the afternoon, in which one or two persons were badly beaten. The vote resulted in a majority of more than 300 for Bell, over both Douglas and Breckinridge.
The Bell party seemed quite sanguine last evening of a victory in the State, while the Breckinridge men were no less confident of the success of their candidates.