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Today in history: A presidential funeral train leaves D.C.

Lincoln's body traveled 1,654 miles over 12 days on its journey home

April 21, 1865: Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington; he would be buried in the late president's hometown of Springfield, Ill., 13 days later. The train traveled 1,654 miles over 12 days, making numerous stops so grieving citizens could pay their respects. The route retraced the path Lincoln took when he came to Washington as president-elect in 1861. The late president's wife Mary Todd Lincoln remained at the White House because she was too distraught to make the trip; she returned to Illinois about a month later. Lincoln was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. The site of the Lincoln Tomb, now owned and managed as a state historic site, is marked by a 117-foot-tall granite obelisk surmounted with several bronze statues of Lincoln, constructed by 1874. Mary Todd Lincoln and three of his four sons are also buried there. Lincoln's most famous son, Robert Todd Lincoln, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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