Scott Trotsel 190 pages softcover.
This is the story of President-elect Abraham Lincoln's 13 day journey to Washington DC in February 1861. Departing from Springfield, Illinois, millions of supporters of the Union gathered along the margins of the railroad tracks and pack parade routes at cities enroute. In raw, cold, chilly winds, and rain, millions of people cheered Lincoln as he passed by traveling to his final destiny. Laced with photos, maps and illustrations, this is a revealing story of the inaugural train passing through endless miles of well-wishers and the curious. Numerous stops were made and brief speeches offered, Citizens demonstrated an overwhelming manifestation of support as succession started in the southern states and the confederacy was formed. Each chapter covers one day of the journey, reception and proceedings at each of the eleven principal planned stops.