Abraham Lincoln visits Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and from there secretly travels directly to Washington
Abraham Lincoln, having spent the night in Philadelphia at the Continental Hotel, raised the flag over Independence Hall in an early morning ceremony to honor Washington's Birthday. The flag was the new thirty-four star version, recognizing the new state of Kansas. He left from Philadelphia by train for Harrisburg, the state capital, at 9:30 a.m. He arrived there at 2 p.m. and addressed the State Assembly soon after. Later, for security reasons, he changed plans and left under cover of night for Washington DC. (By John Osborne)
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 751.
"The Departure From Harrisburgh," New York Times, February 25, 1861, p. 1.