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154th anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on Monday, April 29, 2019. The day will begin with the dedication of a historic flag, and will include a replica casket, an exhibit, honor guards, Civil War reenactors and cannon firings.

CSRAB will commemorate the return of a 36-Star flag that flew over Capitol Square during the repose of President Abraham Lincoln, on April 29, 1865. The flag originally was presented to David Nevin Murray of Portsmouth, Ohio, for his contributions to the war effort on behalf of the Union Army during the American Civil War. Murray’s descendants, the Van Tilburg family, donated the historic flag to the Ohio History Connection. In conjunction with the 154th anniversary of the repose of President Lincoln, the flag will be displayed in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 29, and will return after further conservation work is completed. The 9 a.m. dedication ceremony is open to the public.

The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard for the replica of Lincoln’s casket from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Batesville Casket Company created the 1865 casket for Lincoln, and has generously provided an accurate replica for this event. This will take place on the site where the slain President lay in repose in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on April 29, 1865.
In conjunction with the repose of Lincoln, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will hold the 2019 Civil War Encampment at Ohio Statehouse. Learn what camp life was like during the Civil War. Walk among soldiers’ tents, see how to fire the cannon and help the Ladies Aid Society deliver comfort to the troops. Historical re-enactors from the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, along with other partnering organizations, will demonstrate Civil War life, music, food and medical practices. Cannon firings will occur periodically from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse.

On the morning of April 29, 1865 the body of slain President Abraham Lincoln was laid in repose at the Ohio Statehouse. From 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. an estimated 50,000 Ohioans paid their respects to the “Savior of the Union.”

The train that carried the president’s body, referred to as the “Lincoln Funeral Train” traveled more than 1,600 miles, and during the 13-day trip, one third of the population of the United States witnessed the train pass through their community, including Columbus, Ohio.

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April 29
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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