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The Lincoln Funeral Train

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On April 21, 1865, a train carrying the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln departed Washington, D.C. on its way to Springfield, Illinois, where he would be buried on May 4. The train carried Lincoln’s body through 180 cities and seven states on its way to Lincoln’s home state of Illinois.  At each stop, the body was reverently taken off and displayed.  Lincoln’s wife Mary insisted that they had both agreed to be buried in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois..

Abraham Lincoln’s death train has been reported inside Washington DC’s limits, even though the original station has disappeared.  It now leaves from Union Station, Washington, DC which was opened in 1901.  Ever since then, in various parts of the nation, the train has been spotted toward dusk on the day it journeyed along for so long.  Since then, a supernatural version has been running ever since.

Some people see a steam train moving slowly away, and with it goes the darkness, the chill and the clouds that obscure the moon. Others claim that they can see inside the train a crew of skeletons. Halfway back in the train is Lincoln’s coffin, surrounded by a crew of blue-coated skeletons. Or the train is simply a blur.  Some people report their watches slow or stop.  The month of April is the most popular time that people report seeing the train.

Ghosts of Scary DC Blog 20 The Lincoln Funeral Train © 2018 By Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, Ghost with a Blog #Ghosts

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