One of two flags that flew from the locomotive of the Lincoln funeral train on the route between Albany and Utica, New York
On April 19, 1865, an estimated 25 million Americans attended memorial services for Abraham Lincoln in Washington and around the country. Lincoln’s body lay in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and then traveled to Springfield on a funeral train that retraced his route to Washington in 1861.
Newspapers publicized the train’s schedule so that citizens could pay their last respects as it passed. In ten cities, Lincoln’s casket was removed from the train for elaborate memorial services and public viewings. On May 3, 1865, the train reached its final destination. The following day Lincoln’s body was placed in its tomb.
Gift of Walter McCulloch, 1926
Currently not on view
Walter S. McCulloch
fabric (overall material)
red, white, blue (overall color)
overall: 24 in x 36 in; 60.96 cm x 91.44 cm
United States: New York, Albany
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
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