Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln to the Citizens of Indiana
From speech by President-elect Abraham Lincoln at intersection of Washington and Missouri Streets, Indianapolis, February 11, 1861.
Erected 1961 by the Indiana Historical Society. (Marker Number 49.1961.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops marker series.
Location. 39° 46.041′ N, 86° 9.917′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 40) and South Missouri Street, on the right when traveling west on West Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance Here, Abraham Lincoln Said (here, next to this marker); Macedonian Tribune (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The National Road (about 700 feet away); Site of the Central Canal (about 700 feet away); Indiana State House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Regarding Lincoln to the Citizens of Indiana. The complete quote: “If the union of these States and the liberties of this people shall be lost, it is but little to any one man of fifty-two years of age, but a great deal to the thirty millions of people who inhabit these United States, and to their posterity in all coming time. It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty for yourselves and not for me.”
Also see . . .
1. Video - The Freedom Trail - Indianapolis. Abraham Lincoln worked as a Lawyer in the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit. On his "Freedom Trail" train stop in Indianapolis he was headed to Washington, D. C. to become President during a epic period in U.S. History. (Submitted on May 20, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Video - - "Abraham Lincoln Biography. . ." - (Courtesy - YouTube)::. (Submitted on February 15, 2013.)
1. It is Here that Lincoln Arrived in Indianapolis !
Just short of the “old” Union Station Lincolnís train stopped on West Washington and South Missouri Street in Indianapolis. It was the first major test of security for Lincoln. Colonel Elmer Ellsworth was in charge of “elaborate precautions.” The Indianapolis population then was 18,600 but Lincolnís arrival brought a crowd of 20,000 to the City.
Prior to the trip a Circular of Instructions was sent to all the reception committees at the various locations where stops were scheduled. “The President Elect will under no circumstances attempt to pass through any crowd until such arrangements are made and approved by Col. Ellsworth.”
Thusly, Lincolnís train was to stop outside Union Station for better crowd control and security. Horse-drawn carriages took Lincoln and his entourage to the Bates House to spend the night.
Colonel Ellsworth breathed a sigh of relief when Lincoln was safely boarded the train again (in Union Station) the next morning where Mary Lincoln and the children, Willie
—From Colonel Elmer Ellsworth by Ruth Painter Randall, pages 212–214.
— Submitted December 7, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,278 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 2, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. 2. submitted on April 23, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. 3. submitted on October 2, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. 4. submitted on December 7, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 5. submitted on October 15, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 6. submitted on January 29, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.