May 4, 1865

On May 4, 1865 the body of assassinated United States President Abraham Lincoln was placed in a receiving vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois following final funeral services. He was placed within his final resting place, the Lincoln Tomb in 1871. Two Chicago criminals (unsuccessfully) attempted to steal Lincoln’s remains to hold for ransom in 1876. In 1887, the bodies of the President and Mary Todd Lincoln were buried together in an underground brick vault, and finally, Abe was buried in a concrete vault underneath a massive granite cenotaph. Mrs. Lincoln and 3 of the 4 Lincoln sons are interred in nearby crypts.

The following photo shows members of the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Reactivated) in front of the Lincoln Tomb.

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6 thoughts on “May 4, 1865

  1. Thanks for sharing that, I was not aware of all that and at first I thought the robbery attempt was going to be recent. Guess there are always hoodlums, huh. Love the photos.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Deb, and thanks for the Follow! As far as the hoodlums, when I taught at the police academy (long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…) I use to tell the ‘kids’, “Ideally, the goal of police work is to put ourselves out of a job. The reality is, we will always have more work than you can imagine….”

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      1. Lol, I think I know that galaxy..hehe. Kind of like my goal is to eradicate sadness and feeling low by spreading gratitude and appreciation. Thanks for serving and protecting us!! 🙂

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