This Week in the Civil War - #1085
Abraham Lincoln was buried at Springfield, Illinois on Thursday, May 4, 1865. Lincoln’s body and the remains of his son William Wallace Lincoln who had died in 1863 were brought from Washington, D.C. by funeral train, accompanied by numerous dignitaries, but not Mary Todd Lincoln who remained at the White House because she was too distraught to make the trip.. The train retraced the route Lincoln had traveled to Washington as the president-elect on his way to his first inauguration, and millions of Americans viewed the train along its route. With hundreds in attendance and after a simple but dignified ceremony, Lincoln was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. His tomb today includes a 117-foot tall, granite obelisk surmounted with several bronze statues of Lincoln, constructed by 1874.