Ohio History Journal

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In the spring of 1861 I was a reporter and traveling cor-

respondent on the Daily Exchange newspaper, of the City of

Baltimore. When the telegraph announced that Mr. Lincoln

had reached Pittsburg, en route for Washington City, to be

inaugurated President of the United States, I left Baltimore by

the Northern Central Railway for the purpose of meeting him

and noting the incidents of his journey.

When I reached Altoona I received information that Mr.

Lincoln had started from Pittsburg for Harrisburgh. I left my

train, which was carrying me west, and took another train for

the east. A few hours after I arrived there Mr. Lincoln's

train came in. There was an immense number of people- in

and about the depot, and it was with some difficulty that Mr.

Lincoln could be taken to his hotel. I did not see him that

night, and when I arose in the morning, to a late breakfast,

I was informed that Mr. Lincoln had gone on to Washington,

going from Harrisburgh to Philadelphia, and from that point

to Washington City, and that he had already arrived there.

Of course I was much annoyed at my failure in getting

news, except of a general character, for my paper. In search

for the particulars of his leaving, I discovered that an extra

train would leave Harrisburgh for Washington City. The ob-

ject of this train was to convey Mrs. Lincoln and her children,

Robert and Thad, and the company that was with her to the

National Capital. I determined if possible to get on that train

and go as far as Baltimore, at least. I lingered around the

depot until the train was made up and the party had arrived to

occupy it. There were two coaches to the train, and I con-

cluded I would take the first coach, believing that the pass

which I had would carry me. As I was about to step upon

the train a gentleman, whom I afterward learned was Mr. Jud,

of Illinois, inquired of me what my business was. I explained