Lincoln's Funeral Train Departed 150 Years Ago Today
On April 21, 1865, President Lincoln’s funeral procession set out from Washington, D.C. by train, on its way to Springfield, Ill.
The first ride that Abraham Lincoln was to have taken on the train was on the morning of his death, April 15th, 1865.
It was a confusing time for Americans. The first president in American history had been assassinated. Guerrilla groups were still fighting in parts of the country. And there were still 300,000 Confederate troops who didn’t know that the South had surrendered and that the war was over.
As the train stopped in major cities along the way to Illinois – Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis – millions of Americans waited for their chance to get a glimpse of the fallen president, and as Trostle says, “light the way so that Lincoln would not be going into an eternal night.”
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- Scott Trostle, author of “The Lincoln Funeral Train: The Final Journey and National Funeral for Abraham Lincoln.”
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