Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lincoln to the Citizens of Indiana
“…it is your business…if the Union of these States, and the liberties of this people, shall be lost.... It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union....”
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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers, and the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 11, 1861.
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 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 of this marker. 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.”
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1. It is Here that Lincoln Arrived in Indianapolis !
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, Lincoln’s 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 and Tad, first joined up with Abraham—after an all night ride on a sleeper train car to catch up with Abraham in Indianapolis as a birthday surprise.
—From Colonel Elmer Ellsworth by Ruth Painter Randall, pages 212–214.
— Submitted December 7, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,349 times since then and 15 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.