The Long and Final Ride
First Lady Mary Lincoln decided the president should be buried in Springfield, Illinois, his former home. Before leaving Washington on April 21, Abraham Lincoln's body lay in state in the White House. Then, after a two-hour funeral processional that included soldiers, politicians, diplomats, and freed slaves, he was placed in the Capitol rotunda.
Abraham Lincoln's body retraced the train route taken by the president-elect in 1861. Parades were held with caissons, riderless horses, and an array of elected officials. Not until May 4 was Lincoln buried. His train did not just transport him to Illinois, "it transported [Lincoln] to immortality."