Hoosier Dusty Files - February 12, 1861 - President- Elect Lincoln Speech at Indianapolis on Way to DC
|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives in Indianapolis, Indiana at 5:00 PM on February 12, 1861. An enthusiastic crowd of 20,000 supporters parade through the streets.
President- Elect Lincoln's Indianapolis Stay
Mr. Lincoln boarded a carriage and proceeded along Washington Street, accompanied by the crowd. Lincoln interacted with the crowd along the route until he arrived at the Bates House where he would stay overnight. He delivered a speech from one of the balconies of the hotel, capping Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton's welcoming address. The governor hosted Lincoln at the governor's mansion the next morning for a large breakfast. After the breakfast, Mr. Lincoln departed on the next leg of his Whistle Stop Tour, traveling to Cincinnati. It would be his last visit to Indianapolis until the funeral train arrived in 1865 bearing his body after his assassination by John Wilkes Booth.
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