Abraham Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois on February 11, 1861 for his journey to Washington DC. Leaving New York City, his party crossed the Hudson by ferry in the morning and entrained at Jersey City, changed lines in Newark, and went on to the New Jersey state capital of Trenton. There, forcing his way through enthusiastic crowds, Lincoln spoke to the Legislature and then got back on his special train to leave for Philadelphia. He arrived there at 4 p.m., gave several speeches and reception and lodged for the night at the Continental Hotel. (By John Osborne)
"Trip From New York to Philadelphia," New York Times, February 22, 1861, p. 1.