Ohio Statehouse to commemorate the repose of President Lincoln
with historic Flag Dedication and Civil War encampment
April 22, 2019

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 and will be live streamed at
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.


The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pictures and Photos
April 26 – April 30, 2019
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square, downtown Columbus

This photography exhibit begins with the assassination of our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln; it follows his funeral train route from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, and focuses on how he was honored at each stop. This exhibit will bring to life one of those stops—the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus—where nearly 50,000 citizens paid their respects. Reproduction images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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