National Park Service

The Civil War: 150 Years. National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration.

Then: February 23, 1861

The Baltimore Plot

A New Nation

Lincoln's inaugural train is supposed to stop in Baltimore, but secretly passes through the city at night to avoid an assassination threat. In many circles he is ridiculed as a coward.

Now: January 20, 2009

Presidential Security

First Confederate Capitol

The security at Barack Obama's inauguration includes more than 20,000 security officers from over 50 agencies, who barricade streets and close all bridges to Virginia.

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