With Malice Towards None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition
The Journey of the President-Elect
On the morning of February 12, Lincoln’s fifty-second birthday, Mrs. Lincoln and the couple’s three sons joined the president-elect on his journey to Washington. The train departed Indianapolis for Cincinnati, making brief stops along the way. Newspapers reported that hundreds of thousands of people lined the tracks to greet Lincoln, “shouting and waving flags and handkerchiefs as the train swept by.” In a speech given in Cincinnati, Lincoln sought to promote unity with Southern Democrats.