FEBRUARY 13, 1861

The Lincoln party left Cincinnati at 9:00 a.m. on a five-hour journey to Columbus, Ohio. The train stopped in many small towns along the way, where Lincoln was greeted with cannons firing and large, enthusiastic crowds of well-wishers. In Columbus, Lincoln gave a speech that minimized the difficulties of the country, stating that “there is nothing going wrong.” At 5:00 p.m. Lincoln received word that the electoral votes had been counted, and he was officially elected president.