Abraham Lincoln had left Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861 for his eleven-day journey to Washington DC. His party had reached Pittsburgh the day before and in the morning he delivered a speech to five thousand listeners standing in drizzling rain in front of the Monongahela House Hotel. The President-Elect then reboarded his train and traveled to Cleveland, Ohio where he spent 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), 327-328.