Great Western Depot
Throngs give big sendoff to Lincoln Monday morning
February 11, 1861 dawned dismal and gray. A chilling drizzle soakedthe dirt roads of the capital. At 7:30 A.M., a carriage pulled up here in front of the depot, and President-elect Lincoln climbed out. He found hundreds of well-wishers waiting in the rain. Inside the depot he shook hands. Lincoln reentered the street shortly before eight. Onlookers respectfully parted to the right and left as he walked to a train car a few yards north of the depot. He stopped on the rear car platform, took off his hat, and addressed the people of Springfield for the last time. The Illinois State Journal reported: "We have known Mr. Lincoln for many years...but we never saw him so profoundly affected, nor did he ever utter an address which seemed to us so full of simple and touching eloquence...God Bless honest Abraham Lincoln." The whole affair---from Lincoln's arrival to his departure---took no more than thirty minutes.
Lincoln's inaugural trip, to Washington, D.C., was fraught with danger. In the South, secessionists were establishing a new government and arming for war. In Washington, rumors abounded of secessionist plots to seize the capital city. In Springfield, Lincoln was receiving death threats. Secretary of State designee William Seward pled with Lincoln
Map of Inaugural Trip
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 47.954′ N, 89° 38.544′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Monroe Street and 10th Street on E. Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Western Railroad Depot (here, next to this marker); Lincoln’s Farewell to Springfield (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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 316 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.