Abraham Lincoln last rode out to the Soldiers’ Home on April 13 1865, one day before his assassination. We retraced Lincoln’s final commute on horseback from the White House to the Soldiers’ Home on April 13 2015, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his final visit. Horses and riders from the Fort Myer Caisson Platoon and from the Goshen Hounds Hunt club participated in this event. Enjoy this video from the program:
Following the ride, we held a public ceremony welcoming the horses and riders to the Cottage. Bonnie Morris of the Rainbow History Project read ”O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman, Garret Peck read an essay Whitman wrote about seeing Lincoln ride through the city, and sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln laid a wreath at the statue of Lincoln and his horse.