Lincoln Funeral Train Flag

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Description
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
Location
Currently not on view
National Museum of American History
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Credit Line
Walter S. McCulloch
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
red, white, blue (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 24 in x 36 in; 60.96 cm x 91.44 cm
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Presidential History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Object Name
flag
ID Number
PL.035351a
catalog number
35351a
accession number
90668
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life