May 02, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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Hundreds of people, including many in period costume, crowded into a train station Saturday in Springfield, Illinois to watch a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin be carried off a funeral car.

There is a full weekend of events to meticulously re-enact the slain president’s funeral in his hometown of Springfield.

A reconstruction of the funeral train car drew hundreds of people to the city’s Amtrak rail station. It was surrounded by an honour guard of men in army garb of northern Union soldiers, who defeated rebel southern Confederates in the American Civil War.

Lincoln was assassinated just after the war ended. He is widely considered America’s greatest president by historians for preserving a unified U.S. and declaring that black slaves in southern states would be freed.

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