Broadside, "President Lincoln's Farewell Address to His Old Neighbors, Springfield, February 12, 1861"

Summary

One of the most memorable and emotional of Abraham Lincoln's speeches was his extemporaneous farewell to the citizens of Springfield, Illinois on his departure to Washington. The speech was made on the train platform during a driving rain storm. Three variations exist, one quickly penned by the President-elect as the train pulled out of the station, this version, published in Harper's Weekly on February 23, 1861 and printed as a memorial broadside in 1865, and a longer version published in the Illinois State Journal on February 12, 1861.

One of the most memorable and emotional of Abraham Lincoln's speeches was his extemporaneous farewell to the citizens of Springfield, Illinois on his departure to Washington. The speech was made on the train platform during a driving rain storm. Three variations exist, one quickly penned by the President-elect as the train pulled out of the station, this version, published in Harper's Weekly on February 23, 1861 and printed as a memorial broadside in 1865, and a longer version published in the Illinois State Journal on February 12, 1861.

Artifact

Broadside (Notice)

Date Made

1865

Subject Date

12 February 1861

Creators

American News Company 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Published by American News Company, New York, New York.

Collection Title

Broadside Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

92.0.157.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 in

Width: 13.875 in

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