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The Lincoln AssassinationCrime and Punishment, Myth and Memory A Lincoln Forum Book$
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Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232260

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232260.001.0001

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Abraham Lincoln's New York City Funeral

Abraham Lincoln's New York City Funeral

(p.55) Chapter 2 Abraham Lincoln's New York City Funeral
The Lincoln Assassination

Richard E. Sloan

Fordham University Press

After his death, a special funeral train carried Lincoln's remains north and west over a thousand-mile journey home to Illinois, stopping for ceremonies in the leading cities of seven states. This chapter describes the passage of Lincoln's body through New York. The city had never seen so elaborate, and so crowded, an event for any hero, and the chapter helps transport the modern reader onto the Broadway of the mid-19th century, with its famously gaudy signs and shops now draped in black and adorned with Lincoln images for his last “visit” to the nation's largest metropolis. Among the many mourners were surely New Yorkers who had long and bitterly opposed the Republican president in politics; but unlike the unapologetic critics who found themselves in legal difficulties elsewhere for openly demonstrating their hostility, the chapter shows an overwhelmingly Democratic city united in sorrow.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, funeral train, mourners, New Yorkers, Illinois

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