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Lincoln Depicted Returning Home After the 1860 Campaign

Lincoln and His House in Springfield, Illinois, Were Featured In a Lithograph


The view of Lincoln's house in Springfield was accurate, but the portrayal of the event is puzzling.
A lithograph depicted Lincoln returning home after the 1860 campaign.

A lithograph depicted Lincoln returning home after the 1860 campaign.

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During the summer and fall of 1860, Abraham Lincoln did not campaign. And he only appeared at one rally, which was held in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

Yet a lithograph was marketed with the caption: "Abraham Lincoln's Return Home, After His Successful Campaign for the Presidency, October 1860."

Interestingly, another version of the same lithograph, marketed after Lincoln's death, carried a caption indicating the scene portrayed was in 1858, following his unsuccessful senate campaign marked by the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

The lithograph seems to be based on photographs of Lincoln's house, which is depicted accurately. And Lincoln was known to ride a horse. But it seems unlikely that his neighbors gathered to welcome him home in October 1860, as he hadn't left town in months.

The election of 1860 was held on November 6, 1860, and the Lincoln-Hamlin ticket won by doing well in the North and West. Ominously, Lincoln received no electoral votes in the South. And his election prompted the slave states to begin serious talk of seceding from the Union.

He would, of course, leave Springfield in early 1861 for a long train trip to Washington. Along the way he visited northern cities, and a plot to assassinate him in Baltimore was thwarted.

Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president on March 4, 1861.

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