Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lincoln in Annapolis
"Induced by a dispatch from General Grant, I join you at Fort Monroe as soon as I can come."
Lincoln to Secretary Seward, 9:00 am, February 2, 1865 (sent in cipher).
February 2, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln arrived at the Annapolis & Elkridge Railroad depot near this site. He walked through town to the steamer Thomas Collyer at the Naval Academy wharf, accompanied only by his valet Charles Forbes, post quartermaster Capt. Gardner Blodgett, and presidential guard Andrew Smith. Lincoln was enroute to the Hampton Roads Conference at Fort Monroe, Va, having decided only that morning to join Confederate peace commissioners meeting there with Secretary of State William Seward. Ice blocked the normal Potomac River route.
February 4, 1865: Lincoln and Seward returned to Annapolis aboard the River Queen. A special train met the party at the wharf just after 7:00 AM and returned to Washington, ending Lincoln's only visits to Annapolis.
Erected 2009 by Annapolis Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 2, 1865.
Location. 38° 58.7′ N, 76° 29.768′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Calvert Street, on the right when traveling west on West Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Annapolis City Gates (a few steps from this marker); The Old Fourth Ward (within shouting distance of this marker); Asbury United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); "Preservation Was A Fight!" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marion Warren's six photographs capture this historic Annapolis neighborhood in a sleepier time (about 400 feet away); Remembering the Foot Soldiers of the March on Washington (about 400 feet away); On this site on November 25, 1960 (about 500 feet away); Clay Street Community Montage (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
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