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Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Abraham Lincoln

 
 
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By Henry T. McLin, December 31, 2008
1. Abraham Lincoln Marker
Inscription.  Abraham Lincoln, on November 18, 1863, addressed the citizens of Hanover from the rear platform of a Hanover Branch Railroad Coach when the train bearing him to Gettysburg for the dedication of the National Cemetery came down a switch to the station which stood at the site. At the request of Captain A. W. Eichelberger, President of the Railroad, several hundred persons assembled to greet Mr. Lincoln. When Pastor M.J. Alleman of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church cried out, "Father Abraham, your children want to hear you." The president removing his hat and bending his six feet four inches of height stepped into view through the low door way. A few grasped his hand. Jackie (or John A.) Melsheimer, held up by his father, reached him an apple which he smilingly accepted. Referring to the battle fought here June 30, he said, "I trust when the enemy was here the citizens of Hanover were loyal to our country and the stars and stripes. If you are not all true patriots in support of the union you should be." Before he could say more the engineer opened the throttle and the train backed out after an eight minute stop. The next day the President’s train again
Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, December 31, 2008
2. Abraham Lincoln Marker
paused here briefly. After the trip Mr. Lincoln gave the conductor, John Eckert, a silver watch. The car that carried the president from Hanover Junction to Hanover and Gettysburg was built in a railroad shop on this public Common.
 
Erected 1942 by Hanover Post No. 2506, Veterans of Foreign Wars, with the cooperation of the Western Maryland Railway Company.
 
Location. 39° 48.2′ N, 76° 59.1′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on N. Railroad Street 0.2 miles north of Broadway (Pennsylvania Route 194), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Abraham Lincoln (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory and in Grateful Recognition of (about 500 feet away); Destruction of Private Property (about 600 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2008, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,203 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2008, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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