Before driving 60 miles for what you believe to be a scheduled event double-check the date. That’s right, Michaela and I drove to Richmond today for a walking tour of Lincoln’s visit to the city in April 1865 only to discover that it is actually scheduled for tomorrow. I guess I just assumed that a walking tour would take place on Saturday. Well, we made the best of it. In fact, we had a great time in Richmond. Although it was a bit windy the temperature was perfect and the downtown area was very quiet. We walked Lincoln’s route from the area around Rockett’s Landing to the Capitol grounds. Luckily, I had my copy of Nelson Lankford’s Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital, which made it easy for us to imagine the throngs of Richmonders who came out to welcome Lincoln to the city. Along the way we had a chance to stop at the Reconciliation Monument as well as the new Civil Rights Monument. We also toured the capitol building for about an hour with a wonderful guide. On the way back we walked along the canal and grabbed a bite to eat at Bookbinders.
Additional photographs can be found at my flickr site.