Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was bookended by a pair of railroad trips through the state of New York. His first term began with a pre-inaugural railway tour — his second ended with a funeral train.
Each was a five-day crossing of the Empire State and these two journeys allowed thousands of ordinary Americans first to celebrate, and later to mourn, the president, and became indelibly etched in the memories of those who had the opportunity to stand along parade route.
Drawing on newspaper accounts, memoirs and diaries, Joe Collea’s program (and book) brings to life the two epic and unique moments in both New York’s and the nation’s history. [Read more…] about Lincoln’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Talk