|Lincoln's Funeral Train - 150 Year Memorial on May 02, 2015 - Car Medallion.|
|Lincoln's Funeral Train - 150 Year Memorial on May 02, 2015 - Train Wheel Trucks.|
|Some of the major stops on route from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois.|
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|President Abraham Lincoln's funeral car in Alexandria, Virginia.|
|President Lincoln's funeral train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.|
|President Abraham Lincoln's funeral car in Chicago, Illinois, which arrived in Chicago on May 3, 1865, then continued on to Illinois' state capitol.|
In 1911, the Federation planned to move it for exhibit. Months before the move, a grass fire erupted on March 18, 1911 and engulfed the car.
|Lincoln's Funeral Car after the 1911 Fire.|
Some accounts (written long after the Civil War) described it as “chocolate brown,” others as closer to a claret, or red-wine color. As Wesolowski points out, chocolate bars didn’t exist at the time of the procession, so chocolate brown at the time would have referred more to Dutch chocolate, which was more reddish brown in color than the chocolate we think of today. It was said that historians were able to salvage only a metal coupling from the ashes, but a man from Minnesota was located who had inherited part of the original railcar’s window frame, perhaps one of the only pieces that survived the 1911 fire.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.