Remembering President Lincoln 150 Years Later

Only five days after Lee surrendered, ending the Civil War, President Lincoln was fatally shot on the night of April 14, 1865. He died the following day, April 15. Following these tragic events, the newly-reunited United States combined in an emotional event of mourning and national reconciliation that was encapsulated in the westward progress of Lincoln’s funeral train. The Springfield-based Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has worked with other entities on a series of observances to mark the anniversary of the assassination.

After proceeding westward across the continent, Lincoln’s funeral train returned to Illinois, carrying his remains for interment in Springfield in accordance with the wishes of his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln. The Springfield-based Lincoln Funeral Coalition is in the final stages of planning a massive ceremony and observance to be held on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, to re-enact the return of Mr. Lincoln to Springfield. The event will symbolize the reconciliation of the two halves of the country that had temporarily been driven apart by the Civil War. Rep. Dan Brady has introduced HJR 34 to recognize this anniversary and re-enactment.

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