FEBRUARY 18, 1861

The presidential party departed from Buffalo at 6:00 a.m. on a journey through a snowstorm across New York headed to Albany, the state capital. Making many stops along the way, Lincoln was reportedly very hoarse when he addressed the crowds. During one of the by-now-common cannon salvos, one shot was recklessly fired point blank at the train, covering some travelers with shattered glass. In a speech given in Albany, Lincoln declared himself “the humblest of all individuals that have been elevated to the presidency.” Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederacy.