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Topic Eighteen:  The Lincolns Move to Washington D.C.

PRESIDENT-ELECT LINCOLN BIDS FAREWELL AT SPRINGFIELD

Events are classified as Personal, Professional, or Political

Excerpt from Lincoln/Net at  http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/chronology/frame.html

CHRONOLOGY OF LINCOLN'S LAST DAYS IN ILLINOIS: 1860-61

1860

May 9 - 10.   The Illinois Republican Convention, meeting in Decatur, unanimously instructs its delegation to the National Convention to support Lincoln who is present, for President. It is here that he receives the nickname "Rail Splitter."

May 18.   Lincoln, who remains in Springfield, is nominated for President on the third ballot by the Republican National Convention in Chicago. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine receives the nomination for Vice - President.

July.   Robert Lincoln enrolls in Harvard University. After graduation in 1864 he becomes a captain on the staff of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Oct. 19.   Lincoln receives a suggestion from eleven - year - old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., that he grow beard. He writes her, "As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affection if I were to begin it now?"

Nov. 6.   Lincoln becomes the first Republican to be elected President of the United States, defeating the three other candidates, Douglas (Northern Democrat), John C. Breckinridge (Southern Democrat), and John Bell (Constitutional Unionist).

Dec. 20.   "The Union Is Dissolved " with the secession of South Carolina.

1861

Jan. 31.   Lincoln makes a farewell visit to his aged stepmother in Coles County.

Feb. 4.   The Confederate States of American are formed by representatives of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana meeting at Montgomery, Ala. Texas, which has also suceded, is not represented. Jefferson Davis is elected president and Alexander H. Stephens, vice - president.

Feb. 11.   Lincoln delivers his "Farewell Address" to the people of Springfield from the rear of his car at the Great Western Railroad station.

 

 

LINCOLN'S FAREWELL SPEECH AT SPRINGFIELD, FEB. 11, 1861

"My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of the Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell."

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