Lincoln’s Last Ride to the Old Soldiers Home was 150 Years Ago – Route Retraced at Noon Today

2010 ride courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage

From an email:

“Details: Lincoln’s Last Ride, Monday April 13, 12-3:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln last rode out to the Soldiers’ Home on April 13, 1865, one day before his assassination. We will retrace Lincoln’s final commute on horseback from the White House to the Soldiers’ Home. Horses and riders from the Fort Myer Caisson Platoon and from the Goshen Hounds Hunt club will participate in this event.

You are invited to salute the ride from *viewing stations and sidewalks along the route, and to welcome the horses and riders to the Cottage at the ride’s end. A brief ceremony will take place at 3:00 pm outside of the Cottage following the ride.

Route: 15th Street NW > Vermont Ave NW > Rhode Island Ave NW > Georgia Ave NW > Rock Creek Church Road NW > Arrive at President Lincoln’s Cottage.

-*Shaw Library plaza, Rhode Island Ave NW and 7th St NW
-*Howard University plaza, Fairmont St NW and Georgia Ave NW
Ride begins at 12 PM. 3:30 PM end time is approximate”

5 Comment

  • I’m a little sad I’m out of town. My dad lives two blocks from Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois, and now I live 3 blocks from Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. I’ve been following his footsteps my whole life!

  • To have so many palomino parade horses is notable. They are not very popular any more so it’s really “a blast from the past” parade-wise. And Goshen Hounds Hunt Club? It’s hard to believe that club still exists.

    • Goshen Hounds Hunt Club is alive and well!

      *Also, this photo was from 2010, the same horses were not used in this most recent reenactment.

  • How cool! I wish I could leave work to go see this! I wonder if they will do this every year / 5 yrs / etc??

  • alphatango

    Just got back from watching from McPherson Square. Pretty cool!

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