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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lincoln’s Farewell to Springfield

February 11, 1861

 
 
Lincoln's Farewell to Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer
1. Lincoln's Farewell to Springfield Marker
Inscription.  My friends, no one not in my situation can appreciate my feelings of sadness at this parting, to this place, and the kindness of this people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. Now I leave, not knowing when or whether ever I may return; with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that divine being who ever attended him I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.
 
Erected 1915 by Springfield Chapter, Ill. Daughters American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution
Lincoln's Farewell to Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angie Shaffer
2. Lincoln's Farewell to Springfield Marker
This is the front of the Lincoln Depot
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, the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 11, 1861.
 
Location. 39° 47.96′ N, 89° 38.543′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Monroe Street and 10th Street (railroad), on the right when traveling east on E. Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 930 E Monroe St, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Western Depot (a few steps from this marker); Great Western Railroad Depot (a few steps from this marker); The Lincoln Depot (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln-Era Fire Companies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florville's Barber Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln's Horse (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Beedle House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henson Lyon House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Lincoln's Handwritten Speech. After giving the speech and the train was on its way, Lincoln attempted to write out his parting speech. The train's jolting motion prevented him from finishing it so he handed the note pad to John Nicolay, his secretary, who then finished
Lincoln’s Farewell to Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the State Journal Register, June 15, 1915
3. Lincoln’s Farewell to Springfield Marker
"On June 15, 1915 the marker was dedicated at the site of the Great Western Railroad at Tenth and Monroe Streets where (at 8:00 AM, on the morning of February 11, 1861) President-elect Abraham Lincoln delivered his farewell address to Springfield from the rear platform of his train car." The photo, "...is the Great Western Railroad (now also known as the Lincoln Depot)."
Note the marker can be seen to the right of the lady with the fine hat, standing in the lower left of the photo.
(Published in the State Journal Register)
writing as Lincoln finished dictating the speech. (Submitted on April 18, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 3,375 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois.   3. submitted on March 5, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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