After Lincoln left Springfield

Travel with the president-elect on board the train to Washington, a journey to destiny

by Cinda Klickna

On Feb. 11, 1861, when Abraham Lincoln stepped onto the train in Springfield for what would be a 13-day journey to the nation's capital, America was "on the verge of a precipice," as a French visitor observed. Ted Widmer tells the story of the grueling and dangerous journey in his masterful book, Lincoln on the Verge...

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