Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train
May 3, 1865, 9:00 A.M.
At this site, countless mourners stood in solemn witness as the Chicago & Alton Railroad Engine No. 58 arrived pulling the funeral train carrying the remains of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.
Erected 2010 by City of Springfield.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 3, 1865.
Location. 39° 48.14′ N, 89° 39.102′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on South 3rd Street south of East Jefferson Street (Illinois Route 97), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Springfield Amtrak train station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 S 3rd St, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln's Final Journey (within shouting distance of this marker); Brunwick's Billiard Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joshua Speed's Store (about 600 feet away); Globe Tavern Globe Tavern (about 600 feet away); Stuart and Lincoln Law Office (about 600 feet away); The Wedding of the Rose and the Lotus (about 600 feet away); Lincoln's Last Law Office (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. The Route of Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train. Excerpt:
Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington on April 21, 1865. It would essentially retrace the 1,654 mile route Mr. Lincoln had traveled as president-elect in 1861 (with the deletion of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and the addition of Chicago). ... The Lincoln Special, whose engine had Mr. Lincoln's photograph over the cowcatcher, carried approximately 300 mourners. ... A Guard of Honor accompanied Mr. Lincoln’s remains on the Lincoln Special. ... The following information summarizes the martyred president's final journey home.(Submitted on April 30, 2022.)
2. PDF: Abraham Lincoln: His Life, Public Services, Death and Great Funeral Cortege ... By John Carroll. 1889 book,458 pages. Excerpt:
Long previous to the(Submitted on April 30, 2022.)
As soon as the funeral car came along side of the depot, the coffin was transferred to the beautiful hearse which had been tendered for the occasion by Messrs. Lynch & Arnot of St. Louis ... it additionally ornamented with a silver plate engraving of the initials “A. L.” around which was a silver wreath with two inverted torches and thirty-six silver stars, representing the States of the Union. It was drawn by six superb black horses, draped in mourning, and wearing plumes on their crests.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 66 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 1, 2022. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3, 4. submitted on April 30, 2022, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on April 30, 2022.