Recreation of Lincoln's Funeral: Springfield IL


Springfield Lincoln Funeral Weekend (May 1-3)

The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band was honored to perform at the 150th anniversary of the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. The weekend of May 1-3 welcomed tourists and families from all over the world who traveled here to pay their respects to President Lincoln. Continued below...

The band performed a concert on Friday night at the First Presbyterian Church, the church of our sixteenth president. Band members were awed by the sounds they heard echoing back to them from the walls of the very place where the Lincoln family worshiped.

Saturday's opening ceremonies took place at the corner of Washington and Sixth Streets across from the Old State Capitol. The band played music before and after the opening speeches and admired the craftsmanship of modern day artists. The artists had re-created the horse-drawn carriage to match the one that carried Lincoln's body through the streets of Springfield in 1865.

The band played at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield. Many guests from far and near enjoyed the music as they toured the historic home and visitor's center. An evening concert was performed on the grounds of Benedictine University near a civilian encampment.

On Sunday afternoon, a very large crowd enjoyed the music of the 33rd Band, the 5th Michigan Regiment Band, and the Springfield Choral Society at the receiving vault of Lincoln's Tomb. Many reenactors walked the length of the funeral parade to be greeted by strains of music from the three groups as they entered the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

During the weekend, band members also enjoyed visiting the Funeral Train exhibit at the Crown Plaza Hotel. This train car was also reproduced to look exactly as it did when President Lincoln was brought back to Springfield from Washington, D.C. in 1865.

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