Abraham Lincoln had left Springfield, Illinois two days before for his slow eleven-day journey to Washington DC and his new life as president. His party had reached Cincinnati in Ohio the night before and there he had given a speech and spent the night. He resumed his whistlestop journey through Ohio, giving small addresses at towns like Milford, Miamiville, and Xenia. He arrived in Columbus in the early afternoon where he addressed the state legislature and attended a reception in the evening before spending the night. (By John Osborne)
Harold Holzer, Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008), 319.