Monday, August 31, 2015

Lincoln tomb exterior statues

Around the tomb there are many statues, depicting Lincoln and the various branches of the armed forces that served in the Civil War.  Unfortunately the stairs providing a closer look are not open so all of my closeups are from the zoom (which isn't bad, just that I would love to get closer myself).

In the grass in front of the tomb is this large Lincoln head, with nose that is rubbed by many.  I don't want to get into the rub vs no-rub argument, although I will admit that I did it. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lincoln tombs

Of course the tomb Lincoln now rests in is not the first tomb he was placed.  The first in Springfield was the general receiving tomb.  A second tomb was built into the hill behind this tomb and the top of that hill is where the final tomb would be.  I recall reading at the presidental musuem that the receiving tomb was never used after it was used for Lincoln however the sign at the tomb states that it was used a dozen times in the years after.
This is the Lincoln sign at the back of his final tomb.
 The receiving tomb.

This is the hill behind the receiving tomb.  At the top of the hill can be seen the back of the final tomb.  At the base of a tree in the left center there is a stone marker for where the secondary tomb was while Lincoln's grand final tomb was built.

And then the final tomb seen from the front. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lincoln Tomb

Another must see site in Springfield is the Lincoln tomb.  The halls of the tomb are filled with Lincoln statues and plaques with portions of some of his memorable speeches.  The pictures are in order as one walks through the tomb counter clockwise.
 Little Caroline was sick this afternoon so only the boys came with me to the tomb.  They handled it very well, being respectful when needed plus there were also reenactors outside (post on a later day explaining that) that helped grip their attention as well.
Of course the main site there is where Lincoln is actually buried.  In this case he's actually under this marble block to prevent the grave robbers that were a very real threat in the years right after his death.
On the wall behind the viewer is the rest of Lincoln's family (except Robert who ended up in Arlington).

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


While in Springfield we came across a ton of Lincoln statues.  Here are two from the visitor's center for Lincoln's home. 
This one depicts Lincoln with General US Grant and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.  Saw this one in other incarnations around town as well. 
And this one of Lincoln as a prarie lawyer. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lincoln's Neighborhood

 Besides the Lincoln home being preserved his whole neighborhood is preserved.  Some of the homes can be entered, and they have exhibits about the period, or how the preservation was done.

I liked the recreated campaign wagons, intending to show Lincoln as a log cabin candidate.

And here is my littlest Lincoln scholar wandering around as well.