Lincoln Amphitheater, Indiana
Veteran's Day Parade, Nashville, TN
Experience the life story of the Sixteenth
President and learn about his struggle with
the American Civil War
Valentine's Day Lunch, Franklin, TN
Campfire talk with Gen. U. Grant
Play "Goin' North, Heading South"
Hear the singing Lincolns in action!
portrays the life story of
President Abraham Lincoln
Scene from film "Soldier's Joy"
Funeral rail car Funeral carriage hearse Temporary vault
I had a rare opportunity to visit Abraham Lincoln's home town of Springfield, IL for the historic reenactment of his funeral May 1-3, 2015. On May 2, a replica of the original funeral car arrived at the Springfield Amtrac depot, symbolic of the 1,654 mile journey from Washington City following his assassination. After a brief ceremony, a casket was removed and placed on the hearse, pulled by six all black horses. The hearse wound around the streets of downtown and a ceremony was held honoring the passing President.
Following the ceremony, an all night vigil was held at the Illinois State Capitol. On Sunday, May 3rd, the hearse left the old State Capitol and proceeded through the streets of Springfield in route to Oak Ridge Cemetery. Following a rather elaborate funeral, the President was symbolically laid to rest in the temporary receiving vault, just as it was on May 4, 1865. It was a monumental tribute to the event, exactly 150 years after it occurred.
A few photographs from President Lincoln's travels over the years