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1861 Abraham Lincoln

1861 Abraham Lincoln

With the nation on the brink of civil war, Abraham Lincoln feared that “the bullets may be flying” on inauguration day. For the first time in an American presidential inauguration, the primary duty of the military units that escorted the president were to protect him rather than to serve a ceremonial role.

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View on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, Monday, March 4th, 1861—Mr. Lincoln, Accompanied by President Buchanan, on His Way to the Capitol to Be Inaugurated.

The Inaugural Procession at Washington Passing the Gate of the Capitol Grounds.

Presidents Buchanan and Lincoln Entering the Senate Chamber before the Inauguration.

Inauguration of President Lincoln, in Front of the Capitol, at Washington, D.C.

Anficht des Capitols in Washington, D.C.

The Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, at the Capitol, Washington, March 4, 1861.

Inauguration of the Sixteenth President of the United States—Scene in Front of the Capitol at Washington, D.C.—Abraham Lincoln, President-Elect, Reading His Inaugural Address, Previous to Receiving the Oath of Office from Chief Justice Taney, March 4th, 1861.

President Lincoln Delivering His Inaugural Address in Front of the Capitol at Washington.

Grand Ball in Honor of the Inauguration of President Lincoln, in the Hall Especially Erected for the Occasion Adjoining the City Hall, Washington City, D.C., on Monday Evening, March 4, 1861