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A preview of Lincoln's funeral train is coming to Columbus
The engine will also be in Wellington

Jo Ingles
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One of the engines from a replica of Lincoln’s funeral train is pulling into Ohio this month.

The Leviathan 63 will be in Wellington in Lorain County April 18 to the 20th and at the Statehouse in Columbus on April 24.

It’s a preview of a full re-enactment of the train’s procession next year through 10 major cities on its way to Lincoln’s burial site in Illinois.

The Ohio Statehouse’s Luke Stedke told Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles the train represents “cataclysmic” times.

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“Two weeks after the American Civil war ended with six percent of the population killed or wounded, the President of the United States is killed. And it really defines the United States as Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated. It really was a defining moment in the United States.”

Stedke says the train allowed the nation to mourn publicly. 

Lincoln’s body lay in state in the Ohio Capitol rotunda in 1865, and 50,000 people attended.  The train also stopped in Cleveland.

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my husband will be in heaven!!

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