The Lincoln Inaugural Train of 1861
and
The Lincoln Funeral Train of 1865

The story of the two most important trains in United States Presidential History.

Time Frame of The  Inaugural Train Journey

February 11, 1861

Springfield, Illinois to Indianapolis, Indiana via Lafayette, Indiana.  It was the last time Abraham  Lincoln saw his adopted
home town of Springfield. First assassination attempt foiled.

 February 12, 1861

Indianapolis, Indiana to Cincinnati, Ohio.  Abraham Lincoln's 52nd birthday.
Lincoln first learns of  an assassination plot planned in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
Perhaps the largest  crowd to greet the train was at Cincinnati where over 100,000 people were present.

 February 13, 1861

Cincinnati, Ohio to  Columbus, Ohio via Xenia, Ohio.
Dayton, Ohio route quietly avoided, thought to be due to radical Dayton Copperhead faction.
Second assassination attempt foiled.

 February 14, 1861

Columbus, Ohio to  Allegheny City/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via Mingo Junction and Yellow Creek,  Ohio
Passed through five  tunnels and delayed nearly four hours by blocked tracks near Freedom, Pennsylvania.

February 15, 1861

Allegheny  City/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cleveland, Ohio via Yellow Creek, Ohio.
Weather turned bad,  cannon breaks glass out of restaurant where presidential part was dining

 February 16, 1861

Cleveland, Ohio to Buffalo, New York via Erie, Pennsylvania

February 17, 1861

Day of rest and worship  at Buffalo, New York

February 18, 1861

Buffalo, New York to Albany, New York via Rochester, New York
Snow storm along the route.

 February 19, 1861

Albany, New York to New  York, New York via Troy and East Albany along the east side of the Hudson River

February 20, 1861

New York City  speeches

February 21, 1861

Sailed across the Hudson River in a ferry boat, John P. Jackson.
New York, New York to  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via Jersey City, Newark and Trenton, New Jersey
Speaks at New Jersey Statehouse and arrives at Philadelphia late afternoon.

February 22, 1861

Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania via Paoli, Pennsylvania.
Early morning, speaks at Independence Hall in Philadelphia then, raises flag there.
Inaugural Train departs  for Harrisburg at 9:00 a.m.  Lincoln speaks to Pennsylvania Legislature.
On this night Lincoln  was snuck out of Harrisburg and back to Philadelphia. Throughout the night he was was transported to Washington via Wilmington, Delaware and Baltimore, Maryland to avoid an  assassination plot.

February 23, 1861

Lincoln arrives in Washington, D.C. in the dawning hours under Pinkerton Guard.
The Lincoln Inaugural  Train completes it final leg of the journey from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. via York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland but without Abraham Lincoln.
Third assassination  attempt foiled.

 The journey was 1,904  miles in length, about half this route was retraced for the 1865 funeral of Abraham Lincoln.

 

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