Henry Villard Recalls Lincoln's Military Escort on Inaugural Train Trip

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German immigrant journalist Henry Villard wrote his remembrances of Lincoln during the president-elect's trip from Springfield to Washington in 1861. I thought that the composition of Lincoln's "military escort" was interesting:

"There was also a military escort, consisting of Colonel Edwin Vose Sumner, the white-haired commander of a cavalry regiment of the regular army, and of Major David Hunter, Captain John Pope, and Captain Hazard of the same service. Colonel Sumner, Major Hunter, and Captain Pope became well-known commanding generals during the war. Another "military" character, a sort of pet of Mr. Lincoln, was Colonel E. E. Ellsworth, who, though a mere youth, of small but broad figure, curly black head, and handsome features, had achieved considerable local notoriety as a captain of a crack "Zouave" militia..."

You can read the whole article here:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1904/02/recollections-of-lincoln/308741/
 
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