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Friday, July 16, 2010
Connersville to Lawrenceburgh, IN, 64miles
Leaving Connersville by way of the old depot, the landscape distinctively shifts into rolling hills. This countyside foreshadows the beginning of the Ohio valley. Passing through Dunlapsville, an old Quaker community site is visible from the road. I notice all the farms in this part of the country have white painted barns. The red siding of the sheds and barns of Illinois are no where in site. The landscape is beginning to feel far different from the inland seas of corn in central Illinois. Entering Lawrenceburgh through Glendale, a modern suburban neighborhood is woven into and up against 19th century houses and buildings. The Ohio River town has a bit of a southern feel to it and for a moment I thought of New Orleans. Lincoln must have sensed this when he gave a brief speech not far from the levee. Feeling confident perhaps, or just wanting to secure the support of northern citizenry, he announced to the crowd, " I suppose you are in favor of doing full justice to all whether on that side of the river or on your own," The Cincinnati Daily Commercial on that day reported that crowd responded with, 'loud cheering' and cries of, "We are".