Historical Review

A Historical Review

Abraham Lincoln Hearse. 1865

Springfield undertakers lacked a suitably grand vehicle to transport the remains Abraham Lincoln on the final leg of the journey from their arrival by railroad to Oak Ridge Cemetery for entombment. Springfield city officials received and gratefully accepted an offer from the Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, to lend a suitable hearse for the occasion. The vehicle was built in Philadelphia. It was larger and longer than typical vehicles of the period. Following the Lincoln funeral, the hearse was returned to St. Louis. A disastrous fire destroyed the the elaborate hearse.

The recreated Lincoln Hearse (2015)

The recreated Lincoln hearse servesas an"Icon of Freedom" built for our Nation bycombat veterans’making a positive historical impact within the great nation they fought for. Abraham Lincoln’s words: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” affirmed the obligation to care for those injured during the war and to provide for the families of those who perished on the battlefield. Thus, defining veterans and the country’s responsibly to them. In fact, this is the Veterans' Administration motto.

For more than 200 years, individuals in the military have never wavered in their service to America. All veterans have given something of themselves to this country. Some have given all, laying down their lives to defend the freedoms we hold so dear. Others strive to live with the horror they endured.

Not all veterans have seen war, but a common bond that they share is an oath in which they expressed their willingness to die defending this nation. They have defended Americathrough both the best and worst of time, and they have performed their duties tirelessly, with little recognition or fanfare.

The Staab Family Livery of Springfield, IL, in association with lead builder and re-creation craftsman Jack G. Feather, of Tombstone Hearse Company, Tombstone, AZ, gathered to togetherhistorians and expert craftsmen including Eric Hollenbeck of the Blue Ox School for veterans, Eureka, CA. torecreate this historic vehicle, which will become a centerpiece of the 150th Anniversary commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s entombment and celebration of his life and legacy.

Phase I:was design, guidance & research.Jack G. Feather is the lead builder and re-creation craftsman. He is a Vietnam Veteran. Eric Hollenbeck, is the expert craftsman at the direction of the lead builder. He is a Vietnam Veteranand heads the Blue Ox Schoolfor Veterans, which focuses on helping Combat veterans re-claim their lives. Jay Jones, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, President of Custom Wagon, LLC,is recreating the rolling chassis. He is a three-tour Vietnam combat veteran.

More about history of the recreated hearseat:http://www.abrahamlincolnhearse.com/AbrahamLincolnHearse/index.html

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