Still Image from May. 1, 1865

Lincoln's coffin in the City Hall, Chicago

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    Lincoln's coffin in the City Hall, Chicago

  • Description

    Civil War artist correspondent, William Waud, depicted Lincoln laying in state in Chicago's City Hall on May 1, 1865. It was published in Harper's Weekly on May 20, 1865.

  • Transcription

    Inscribed on decorative banners within image: He left us sustained by our Prayers He returns embalmed in our tears; Liberty's great martyr.

    Inscribed on verso: Catafalque in the City Hall, Chicago. The ceiling is draped black & white. The walls draped in folds all black with flag trophies at certain distances. The Catafalque is covered with black cloth & velvet all black with silver fringe & stars. Inside of d[itt]o & the pillars white with the exception of the ceiling inside the canopy which is black with white stars cut out through which the light is admitted to fall on the coffin.

  • Source

    Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZC4-8107

  • Rights

    This item is in the public domain and may be reproduced and used for any purpose, including research, teaching, private study, publication, broadcast or commercial use, with proper citation and attribution.

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    William Waud. "Lincoln's coffin in the City Hall, Chicago". Harper's Weekly. Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed April 22, 2024.