Switching Trains at Camden Station: On the Way to Gettysburg

On the Way to Gettysburg: Camden Station

History: President Abraham Lincoln saw it was his duty to pay tribute to those who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, so he set off by rail to Gettysburg with his entourage. Despite his uneasiness to leave his distraught wife alone with their sick child Thomas "Tad," after losing their son "Willie" to typhoid fever a year earlier, he carried onward to see to it his respects were heard. From Washington D.C., Lincoln's train arrived in Baltimore at Camden Station around 1:20 p.m. Lincoln was then carried by carriage to change trains at The North Central Railroad Station. The train set off around 2 p.m. towards Gettysburg.

More to Explore: Baltimore is always a great place to spend time with family and friends, as there are limitless attractions, museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Numerous events bring people together with a wide variety of interests. While at Camden Station, discover the Sports Legends Museum and its temporary Lincoln exhibit: The Civil War and Camden Station. Enjoy a ball game at Camden Yards, and see the Babe Ruth’s birthplace. Just around the corner, The National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center are favorite places for families. Or, conjure your creative vision at the American Visionary Art Museum, and then grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at Harbor Place, the Gallery or along Pratt Street.

Photo Credits:

  1. “Photograph of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Camden Station.”
  2. "Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln." Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.