Thursday, April 23, 2015

PART 2: "Lincoln the Final Journey" Exhibit: The Train, Journey

Replica of the train the transported Lincoln
This is part 2 of the "Lincoln the Final Journey" Exhibit at the B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. This blog focuses on the train that carried his body.

The interesting history of this train and it's long journey were originally published by the HISTORY CHANNEL and  posted below.

Replica of the train that transported Lincoln's body
THE JOURNEY BY TRAIN -  On April 21, 1865, a Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad train carrying the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln left Washington, D.C. for a destination of Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln would be buried there on May 4, 1865.
  The train carrying Lincoln’s body traveled through 180 cities and seven states on its way to Lincoln’s home state of Illinois. Scheduled stops for the special funeral train were published in newspapers.
Tom talks with a field Surgeon of the civil war

THE STOPS ALONG THE WAY -  At each stop, Lincoln’s coffin was taken off the train, placed on an elaborately decorated horse-drawn hearse and led by solemn processions to a public building for viewing. In cities as large as Columbus, Ohio, and as small as Herkimer, New York, thousands of mourners flocked to pay tribute to the slain president. In Philadelphia, Lincoln’s body lay in state on in the east wing of Independence Hall, the same site where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Newspapers reported that people had to wait more than five hours to pass by the president’s coffin in some cities.

Re-enactors and the Union band playing
 THE TRAIN WAS NAMED THE "LINCOLN SPECIAL" - The President's portrait was even attached to the front of the engine above the cattle guard, as it was in the photos from the B&O Railroad Museum.

   HOW MANY WENT ON THE TRAIN RIDE? - According to the History Channel, about 300 people accompanied Lincoln’s body on the 1,654-mile journey, including his eldest son Robert.

Jeff and Tom walking through the exhibits
    LINCOLN'S LATE SON'S BODY ALSO ON-BOARD -  Also on the train was a coffin containing the body of Lincoln’s son Willie, who had died in 1862 at the age of 11 of typhoid fever during Lincoln’s second year in office. Willie’s body had been disinterred from a plot in Washington, D.C. after Lincoln’s death so he could be buried alongside his father at the family plot in Springfield.
Rob and Jeff
The surgeon's cabinet
  WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ORIGINAL TRAIN?  - The train in the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore is an amazing Replica. As for the original, the History Channel noted that  in 1911, a prairie fire near Minneapolis, Minnesota, destroyed the train car that had so famously carried Lincoln’s body to its final resting place.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next