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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

First Resting Place of Abraham Lincoln

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By Sean Jones, January 9, 2020
1. First Resting Place of Abraham Lincoln Marker
Inscription.  Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest here, in Oak Ridge Cemetery's public vault, during services held May 4, 1865. Government officials, members of the military, foreign diplomats, and private citizens gathered to witness the ceremony.

Over the following months visitors in the thousands came to pay their respects. A New Yorker found that the "stone doors of the sepulchre were open, and the sentry permitted people in small parties to approach the iron grating and view the coffin within. It was draped in black, and festooned with garlands of flowers and evergreen shrubs. . . . Sadness pressed heavily upon me at the scene."

The president's casket, along with that of his son William, who had died at the White House in 1862, remained here until December 1865. They then were moved to a newly-built temporary tomb, located about midway up the ridge.

Built in 1864, this receiving tomb, like those found in many American cemeteries, served "those who in their bereavement are not immediately prepared to site a Lot for the final resting place, also those who are awaiting the arrival of friends." Oak Ridge remodeled and enlarged
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the vault in 1891.
Location. 39° 49.436′ N, 89° 39.35′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on Monument Avenue 0.4 miles north of West Oak Ridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Vault (a few steps from this marker); The Temporary Vault (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lincoln Tomb Custodian's Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grave of Abraham Lincoln (about 400 feet away); Building the Lincoln Tomb (about 400 feet away); Abraham Lincoln's Tomb (about 400 feet away); Temporary Tombs (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2020. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 9, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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