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
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Local Community Contact: Lincoln Depot Museum