Bement in Piatt County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Bement Connection
óLooking for Lincoln ó
Abraham Lincoln passed through Bement regularly during the years he practiced law on the old Eighth Judicial Circuit and while he was campaigning in the 1850's. On one trip, he lost his gold watch. It was found near the livery by young Fannie Fristoe Scott on her way to school. When Fannie showed the watch to the livery man, he suggested it was Mr. Lincolnís. Fannie gave the livery man the watch, and he returned it to Lincoln. Fannie received a nice letter from Lincoln, thanking her for finding his watch. His last trip through here was on Monday February 11, 1861, en route to Washington, D. C. The train sped through Bement, passing through a corridor of well-wishers. As the train rushed into the countryside, the brakeman, Thomas Ross, was surprised to see a man standing with a shotgun at a trestle. This volunteer
Abraham Lincoln received threatening letters the minute the results of the presidential election were official. His enemies openly bragged that “Old Abe” should never be inaugurated as President of the United States. While traveling toward the capitol in February, whispers of Lincolnís assassination were rampant. Rumors suggested he would meet his end at Baltimore, where secessionists were waiting to kill him. Detective Allan Pinkerton confirmed the assassination plot, urging Lincoln to avoid Baltimore completely. Although Lincoln was unconvinced, his travel plans were adjusted; the President-elect slipped away accompanied by Ward Hill Lamon and Mr. Pinkerton. In a soft hat and old overcoat, he boarded a special train, arriving safely in the Capital.
Erected 2009 by Central Illinois Manufacturing Company.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 55.406′ N, 88° Touch for map. Easy to see from East Wilson Street - located on the East lawn of the "Bryant Cottage" (home), Francis & Sarah Bryant, Illinois State Historic Site in Bement. Marker is in this post office area: Bement IL 61813, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bement Goes to War (a few steps from this marker); Douglas - Lincoln Debates (a few steps from this marker); Bryant Cottage (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln - Douglas (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lincoln in Monticello (approx. 7 miles away); Piatt County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (approx. 7 miles away); Monticello Journeys (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bement.
Also see . . .
1. Travel with Lincoln ::. Climb into Lincolnís buggy and take a trip with Lincoln and his fellow lawyers on the job traveling Illinois as Circuit Lawyers. See all the Lincoln Circuit Markers (and a surprise or two), in the order of his travels while a member of the Circuit of the Eighth Judicial District (of Illinois) during 1847-1857. Use the “First >>” (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Looking for Lincoln::. Many resources for the Tracking of Lincoln through History and Illinois. Aimed at all ages. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Looking for Lincoln Video - on P. B. S. Follow Henry Louis Gates, Jr. "...from Illinois, to Gettysburg, to Washington, D. C., and face to face with people who live with Lincoln every day..." (Submitted on October 31, 2009, 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 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.