This work soon saw him being appointed as the personal bodyguard to Abraham Lincoln. As such, while conducting railway investigations Pinkerton heard of a very serious plot to assassinate the President Elect before his Washington DC inauguration took place.
It was to take place along the route from Springfield Ill. to DC.
The would-be assassins had a plan to be initiated in the Baltimore area. But Pinkerton changed the route from the normal line through Baltimore to another that had arrival much earlier and the actual disconnecting of a sleeping car in Baltimore and hauled a mile across town by carriages, the hook-up with another line, and then on to DC, which proved a success.
To hide Lincoln's identity, Pinkerton trained him to shuffle along, bent over with use of a cane, the wearing of a wig and woman's hat and being accompanied by a female aid. (one of his female detectives.)
The press later had great fun with the guise...that actually worked. Here is an example....
Soon after arrival in DC, Pinkerton would send a telegram to his employers that..."Plums delivered Nuts Safely". He apparently was... "Plums."
Willard's hotel is about 7 blocks away from the Canadian Embassy. Had I known about the hotel whist in DC several years ago, I would have visited it. But like probably a thousand and more that walk to or past the hotel daily, I suspect that they do not see two very important plaques on the wall to the right of the main entrance into Willard's.
Here they are....
Latest estimates indicate that some 750,000 deaths occurred during the 4 year war. Two out of every 3 were by disease rather than in battle.
Next week I will bring the final blog on this subject.
Hope you will join me then, and like always, I enjoy getting your comments.