Lincoln returned to Frederick!

Posted in: Civil War History

As happened 150 years earlier at the same time and place, Abraham Lincoln attracted a crowd at the corner of S, Market St. and E. All Saints St. in Frederick on Oct. 4, 2012.  Actually this time it was a living history interpreter, James Hayney of Camp Hill, PA, delivering the brief speech Lincoln made in Frederick in after visiting Gen. McClellan at Antietam in 1862.  Following the speech, the Downtown Frederick Partnership, the Tourism Council of Frederick County and the City of Frederick dedicated the new Heritage Trail Marker system which includes a marker that commemorates Lincoln's visit. The Heritage Trail Marker system was funded by a Preserve America grant. 

Following the Battle of Antietam in 1862, President Lincoln visited the battlefield and met with Gen. McClellan and others as he surveyed the scenes of battle.  On his way back to Washington, Lincoln stopped in Frederick to visit Gen. George Hartsuff who had been injured at Antietam.  After his visit with Gen. Hartsuff, who was recovering at the Ramsey House at 119 Record St. in Frederick, MD, Lincoln made his way to the B&O train station. 

 At the station, a small throng had gathered and President Lincoln gave a short speech to Frederick residents from the back of his train car.  “I also return thanks, not only to the soldiers, but to the good citizens of Frederick, and to the good men, women, and children in this land of ours, for their devotion to this glorious cause,” Lincoln said as he thanked the citizens of Frederick.   

lincoln.jpgHarper's Weekly Magazine depicted this event in the October 25, 1862 issue.  Today, there is a Civil War Trails marker on northwest corner of All Saints and Market streets that details this event.  The new Heritage Trail marker system also commemorates this historic speech.