"Now he belongs to the ages."
--Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, April 15, 1865
First Lady Mary Todd 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
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."