Bird's eye photograph of soldiers walking down a wide dirt road with a park on one side and a row of building on the other. The road is lined with onlookers.
Lincoln’s funeral along Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1865. Library of Congress, LC-DIG-cwpbh-03254.

Lincoln’s Funeral

The question of how the nation would mourn President Lincoln arose immediately after his assassination. Federal government officials decided that a public funeral would allow the nation to grieve.

First Lady Mary Lincoln hoped to keep her husband’s remains out of the national spotlight, but Secretary of War Edwin Stanton overruled her. On April 21, 1865, a train car carrying Lincoln’s body left Washington, D.C. The train stopped in major cities en route to its final destination, Springfield, Ill. Mary Lincoln remained in Washington.

Large crowds came out to pay respects in the cities along the train’s route. The casket was removed from the train for official ceremonies in certain cities. People lined areas near train tracks to see the funeral train pass through farms and villages.

On May 4th, the train arrived in Springfield. Lincoln’s body was displayed in the former Illinois Capitol, and then buried in a local cemetery.

Lincoln’s Funeral

The Funeral Train

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Black and white photograph of Abraham Lincoln. Written on top of him is "When one man died because he believed in"