Tuesday, April 14, 2020

President Abraham Lincoln's hearse as it passes beneath an ornamental arch at 12th Street and Michigan Boulevard in Chicago, Illinois, on May 1, 1865

The view is looking East on 12th street at Michigan Boulevard toward the lake and the Illinois Central platform and unloading area at Park Place. 
The funeral and lying-in-state at the Old County Court House was scheduled from 5:00pm until the body was returned in procession to the train on the following morning for departure to Springfield at 9:30am. 
Cook County Court House facing North on Randolph Street, Chicago 1865.
Funeral of Abraham Lincoln. His body lying in State in this Court House.
The lakeshore was only pilings at that time with no beach or sand and water came within 300 feet of Michigan Ave.

The train had arrived at 11:00am with the procession in the early afternoon. Rather than pull into the main depot, however, the train stopped on a trestle built a short distance into Lake Michigan. 

The train remained still, with only its bell tolling its arrival.
The funeral train stopped on a trestle that carried the tracks out into Lake Michigan in Chicago.
The officers wearing a sash are special military honor guard. The President's funeral car was named "The United States." It was newly built and delivered by the U.S. Military Railroad. The body of his youngest son "Willie" who had died in 1862 had been disinterred in Washington and was accompanying his father's body on the car to be buried during the same rites in Springfield. 
The triple arch was designed, constructed and decorated under the superintendence of the well-known architect, W. W. Boyington.
Railroad equipment can be seen in the distance behind the cortege. The train had come through Indianapolis and then Michigan City, Indiana on the Chicago Indianapolis & Louisville Railroad, the "Monon" and was going to Springfield on the I.C.R.R. The total route was 1654 miles retracing the route of his first journey from Springfield to Washington in 1861.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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