|The Lincoln's at the Cottage|
|Lincoln and Allen|
During the months President Lincoln lived in the cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, he commuted every day to the White House. The President woke early in the morning, ate a frugal breakfast of toast and an egg, and rode into Washington by 8 a.m. By the end of the summer of 1862, Secretary of War Stanton forced Lincoln to accept a military escort of a cavalry officer and about twenty five to thirty additional men. The 11th New York Cavalry served as his escort in 1863. Later in the war, the Union Light Guard from Ohio, also known as the Black Horse Cavalry, guarded Lincoln on his commute. The President complained about his escorts, particularly because he thought they were noisy and possibly too inexperienced for their new duties. In August 1864, a sniper attempted to assassinate the President as he traveled by horseback to the Cottage alone late at night. Concerned by this and other threats to the President’s life in 1864, the War Department stepped up the President’s security force and required him to be escorted by a personal bodyguard at all times.