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A FUNERAL TRAIN LEFT ON THIS DAY IN 1865

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On April 21, 1865, a train carrying the coffin of assassinated
President
Abraham Lincoln left Washington, D.C. on its way
to Springfield,
Illinois, where he would be buried on May 4.

The train carrying Lincoln’s body traveled through 180 cities
and seven states on its way to Lincoln’s home state of Illinois.

Scheduled stops for the special funeral train were published
in newspapers. At each stop, Lincoln’s coffin was taken off
the train, placed on an elaborately decorated horse-drawn
hearse and led by solemn processions to a public building
for viewing.

Thirty million mourners watch the funeral train carrying the body of Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., back to Illinois.

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