Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
[Also engraved in the stone around the tomb are the names or abbreviations of every state at the time of Abraham Lincolnís death]
Erected 1874 by National Lincoln Monument Association.
Location. 39° 49.22′ N, 89° 39.234′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on Monument Avenue near W Oakridge Street. Touch for map. The Lincoln Tomb is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery and can be accessed via Monument Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1441 Monument Avenue, 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. Receiving Vault (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grave of Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Building the Lincoln Tomb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln's. Tomb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temporary Tombs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reconstruction and Renovation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Some Exterior Features (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lincoln Descendants (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
More about this marker. The 117-foot tall granite tomb, designed by Vermont sculptor Larkin Mead, contains the bodies of Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of his four sons—Edward, William and Thomas (Tad). It was officially dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln on October 15, 1874, nine years and six months to the day after his death, 28 years and 6 months to the day since he moved from New Salem to Springfield.
Regarding Lincolnís Tomb. It is said that Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd often visited Oak Ridge Cemetery while they lived in Springfield, as both were impressed by the setting. Mary Todd insisted that he be buried at Oak Ridge. The tomb stands on a slight rise and provides dramatic imagery to those who see it. Buried with him are his wife and three of their four sons. At the bottom of the hill to the north of the tomb is the receiving vault where respects were paid to the President for seven months.
Also see . . . Video Tour of Lincoln's Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Proclaimed the most visited cemetery second only to Arlington National Cemetery. (Submitted on June 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
1. Marker inside the tomb
Shown here is a marker inside the tomb that reads,
sixteenth President of the United States
Born February 12, 1809, in a log cabin at Hodgenville, Kentucky, a slave state, second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. Died at Washington, D.C., April 15, 1865.
Taken by his parents, in 1816, to Spencer County, Indiana, where he spent his youth. Two years later left motherless, but upon the re-marriage of his father became strongly attached to his step-mother, Sarah Bush, who exerted great influence on his character.
At the age of twenty-one came with his family overland to Macon County, Illinois, where they settled on a farm. In 1831 moved to New Salem, where he lived six years. Moved to Springfield and practiced law until 1860, when he was elected to the Presidency of the United States. On November 4, 1842, married Mary Todd to which union were born four children, Robert Todd, Edward Baker, William Wallace and Thomas.
Served as a captain in the Black Hawk war, four terms
With only a meager schooling he became a master of the English language, a lawyer of the highest standing and ability, a nationally known orator and debater, and one of the world's greatest statesmen.
He guided our nation through the Civil War and preserved our union for posterity.
— Submitted February 5, 2008.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 8,738 times since then and 23 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 12, 2015. Photos: 1. submitted on February 5, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 5, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 9, 10, 11. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Angie Shaffer of Springfield, Illinois. 12. submitted on April 11, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.