This Lincoln Funeral Train Schedule is quite unusual as it is printed on silk. An image at the top shows Columbia grieving over the casket of Lincoln, while a soldier and a sailor do the same in the upper corners. A note at the bottom reads, “This Train will have exclusive right to the Road against all other Trains. A pilot Locomotive will be run ten minutes in advance of the above schedule time,” this Signed in Type by “E. S. Flint, Superintendent” (of the railroad). The time table shows the train leaving Cleveland at midnight and arriving in Columbus at 7:30am, passing 22 towns along the way.
Some staining and a small chip of the upper right-hand corner do not detract from the power and solemnity of this mourning artifact. Modern conservation matting protects the piece; ready for glazing and a frame.
(Lincoln Funeral Train Schedule) Silk “CLEVELAND, COLUMBUS & CINCINNATI R.R. / SPECIAL TIME SCHEDULE / For the Train Conveying / REMAINS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, LATE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S., AND ESCORT, / From Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Ill.” No place: Cleveland to Columbus, Saturday, April 29th, 1865. Mourning rule and fringe.