Physical Object from Nov. 12, 2015

Funeral Train Pennies

  • Full Title

    Pennies Flattened by Funeral Train

  • Description

    Lincoln’s funeral procession began in Washington, DC, on April 20, 1865. The train carrying Lincoln’s body stopped in Baltimore, MD, and Harrisburg, PA, before arriving in Philadelphia on April 22. The body lay in state at Independence Hall and was open for public viewing on April 23. The funeral train departed from Philadelphia for New York City at 4:00am on April 24.
    These two coins were placed on the railway tracks between Harrisburg and Philadelphia on April 22nd 1865. The pennies were flattened by the funeral train that departed from Harrisburg at 11:15 am. While in Harrisburg, the President’s body lay in state at the Pennsylvania State Capital building.

  • Source

    The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (Object ID: 1975.3.1A and 1975.3.1B)

  • Rights

    Use of this item for research, teaching and private study is permitted with proper citation and attribution, as “Courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia.” Reproduction of this item for publication, broadcast or commercial use requires written permission. For permission, please contact The Abraham Lincoln Foundation.

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    Unknown. "Pennies Flattened by Funeral Train". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/907