Lincoln’s Death Train

An American legend, I blogged about two years ago.

Horrific Knits

Lincoln’s assassination is one of the defining moments of American history. The story itself is tragic and captivates the American imagination. However, the assassination has had some…odd lingering effects on the public psyche.

The funeral train left Washington DC on April 21st, 1865. Made up of nine cars and 2 escort engines the train carried the bodies of Lincoln and his son William.  The train traveled to Springfield, Illinois where Lincoln was laid to rest. The train stopped to be laid in state in mulitple cities; however, oddly, the body was not viewed at all in the state of New Jersey. The procession did not move at faster than 20 mile an hour, and passed through 444 communities. The procession ended on May 3rd.

Between the years of 1865 and 1901, Lincoln’s casket was moved 17 times and opened 6. The train itself was destroyed by fire in 1911. Soon…

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