Arrival in Washington
Near dawn on February 23, 1861, Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington, D.C., because of a rumored plot to assassinate him as he passed through Baltimore. Lincoln was criticized for and later regretted the furtive manner of his arrival, but his advisors believed the danger was genuine. Lincoln’s train was met by an Illinois congressman, who escorted him to the Willard Hotel, the finest in Washington.
View all items from Arrival in Washington »