Wednesday, January 4, 2017

American Civil War Memorials
Lincoln’s Tomb
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield, Illinois

photo and text courtesy of LCWRT Member Charles Moore

Who is buried in Lincoln's Tomb? 
The Lincoln Tomb is the final resting place of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four sons.  It is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery which was founded in 1860.  Robert, the oldest son, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Completed in 1874, the towering granite tomb comprises a tall central tower atop the squat mausoleum building that holds the presidents remains.  Four large bronze statues representing the four military branches of the time - Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery and Navy -  surround the central obelisk. At the base of the tomb is a large bronze replica of Lincoln’s head, cast from the original work sculpted by Gutzon Borglum of Mount Rushmore fame. 

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