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Oak Ridge Cemetery
The Lincoln Special reached Springfield on the morning of May 3rd. Lincoln lay in state in the State House's Hall of Representatives from 10:00 a.m. that morning until 10:00 a.m. May 4th, when the casket was closed and placed on an elegant hearse that the city of St. Louis had loaned to Springfield for the funeral procession. The procession wound through Springfield and along a country road to Oak Ridge Cemetery, three miles north of the city. At Oak Ridge, the casket was placed on a marble slab inside a temporary receiving vault. Crowds gathered on the hillside and lawn around the vault for the final funeral service, including an oration by Bishop Matthew Simpson and a benediction by Rev. Dr. Phineas Gurley. As the gates to the vault were closed and locked, rain began to fall. In this photograph, umbrellas can be seen among the departing crowd.
- Oak Ridge Cemetery
- S. M. (Samuel Montague) Fassett
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