Lincoln Funeral Procession Retraced 150 Years Later
Abraham Lincoln's hometown re-enacted his burial 150 years later in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.
A funeral procession made its way through the streets of the capital city this weekend. It was replete with men wearing Civil War soldiers’ costumes and women in hoop skirts carrying black mourning parasols.
There also were replicas of the ornate coffin, hearse and train car that carried the 16th president's body.
The Illinois National Guard's leader, Adjutant General Daniel Krumrei, says the guard is headquartered at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.
"And our unit patch, worn on the left shoulder of our duty uniform, is a silhouette of Abraham Lincoln," Krumrei said. "An image that reminds us every day of how we are expected to live, how we are expected to serve as soldiers, that we are standard bearers of freedom for all."
Gov. Bruce Rauner called Lincoln "the greatest Illinoisan" and said, "He had kept our country intact, and set us on the path to become the greatest nation in the world."
Church bells tolled for Lincoln, and the statehouse flag was flown at half-mast yesterday.
Aside from the funeral parade, weekend events included a Civil-War encampment, speeches by Lincoln experts and other exhibits.