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Lincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery

Abraham Lincoln was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield on May 4, 1865. It is the 2nd most visited cemetery after Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

A tomb was later built with public contributions at a cost of $18,000 and dedicated in 1874.

A few days before the formal dedication, Lincoln’s coffin was moved to a white marble sarcophagus on the floor in the center of the burial chamber. Years later following the tomb’s reconstruction, Lincoln’s body was placed in a steel and concrete vault beneath the floor of the chamber. Mary Todd Lincoln and three of the four Lincoln sons are also buried in the tomb. Lincoln’s Tomb, with its dressed granite exterior rising 116 feet, is located in a 320-acre historic cemetery.

Every Tuesday evening from June through August, the 114th Reactivated Civil War Infantry Unit performs a flag retreat ceremony, presenting the flag to an audience member.

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