PRESIDENT-ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ARRIVES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.-THIS DAY 1861

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On this day in 1861 President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington, D.C. Inauguration Day would be on March 4th, 1861.

Abraham Lincoln had left Springfield, Illinois by train heading east on February 11th. He would stop in 70 towns and cities on his way to Washington, D.C. Trouble came late in the journey when rumors of a plot to assassinate the president-elect in Baltimore surfaced. Lincoln ended up sneaking through Baltimore early in the morning on the train and arrived in Washington, D.C. safely. Of course all this was played up by the Confederates who make up stories that Lincoln had avoided being identified in Baltimore by dressing up as an old woman.

The Inauguration of President Lincoln took place on March 4th without incident. It is amazing to me that Lincoln would live through his first term and not being assassinated until six weeks into his second term. Security around the president was minimal. Anyone could have walked into the White House on any given day and killed him. With a Civil War going on two things hit me in looking back 1- how did they not realize this man needed constant protection and 2- how did he live until April 1865 in this climate?

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