Abraham Lincoln had left Springfield, Illinois the day before for his slow eleven-day journey to Washington DC and his new life as president. Having given an important speech the night before, Lincoln had breakfast with Indiana governor Oliver Morton and paid a morning visit to the state capitol. He then reboarded his special train and resumed his trip towards his next stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, stopping at several small Indiana towns to give impromptu speeches. It was his fifty-second birthday. (By John Osborne)
Harold Holzer, Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008), 312.