Peekskill, New York - Inaugural Journey

Peekskill train station
Upon his arrival Lincoln stepped onto a baggage truck that was pulled up parallel to his train car that served as his speaking platform. From there he greeted the gathered crowd.

Lincoln Society

Peekskill, New York

February 19, 1861

Lincoln arrived at the Peekskill, New York train depot on South Water Street at 2:00 p.m. Upon his arrival Lincoln stepped onto a baggage truck that was pulled up parallel to his train car that served as his speaking platform. From there he greeted the gathered crowd.

I have but a moment to stand before you to listen to and return your kind greeting. I thank you for this reception and for the pleasant manner in which it is tendered to me by our mutual friends. I will say in a single sentence, in regard to the difficulties that lie before me and our beloved country, that if I can only be as generously and unanimously sustained as the demonstrations I have witnessed indicate I shall be, I shall not fail; but without your sustaining hands I am sure that neither I nor any other man can hope to surmount those difficulties. I trust that in the course I shall pursue I shall be sustained, not only by the party that elected me, but by the patriotic people of the whole country.


Local Community Contact: The Lincoln Society in Peekskill
Phone: 914-218-7066
E-mail: info@lincolnsociety.com
Web page: www.lincolnsociety.com

Local Community Contact: Lincoln Depot Museum
Phone:914-402-4318
E-mail: info@lincolndepotmuseum.org
Webpage: www.lincolndepotmuseum.org

 

Last updated: March 5, 2017

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