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Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Road to Lincoln's end ran through Baltimore
Road to Lincoln's end ran through Baltimore

From the night Abraham Lincoln secretly rode a train into Baltimore en route to his inauguration in 1861, through April 24, 1865, when his body lay in a coffin at the Merchant Exchange downtown, his fate was a tragedy largely written in Charm City — by men and women who lived, worked, met and hid out within a few miles of the Inner Harbor. The plot had roots in Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender to his Northern counterpart, Gen. U.S. Grant, 150 years ago Thursday. Five days later, Maryland native John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln with the help of accomplices who had strong ties to Baltimore. For many years, one historian says, the public had a general notion the plot was hatched...