Saturday, February 25, 2012
Lincoln's Inaugural Journey
Hudson was one of eighty-three stops on Lincoln's inaugural journey from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C., in February 1861. Albany was another. A few months ago, Gossips shared an excerpt from Carl Sandburg's biography of Lincoln describing a pleasing incident that occurred when Lincoln's train stopped in Hudson on February 19, 1861. In the Times Union today, we learn that Lincoln received a quite different reception in Albany. According to Harold Holzer, who has written and edited forty-one books about Lincoln, a riot broke out when Lincoln's train stopped there the day before: "Scholar reveals Lincoln's link to Albany."