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Mourning Sickness

Tim M. sends along a message from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore about a “special recognition” of the 150th anniversary of the funeral train of the old railroad corporation lawyer/lobbyist, Abe Lincoln.  It’s sick, pathetic, and hilarious at the same time.

“For one weekend only!” you can view an actor lying in a coffin dressed up like Dishonest Abe, bullet-wound-in-the-skull and all.  Actors will be employed to act “solemn” and cry.  There will be “authentic funeral music.”  You may “interact with soldier and civilian mourners throughout the day” portrayed by the local actors.  You may even take a look at a reproduction of the coat Lincoln was wearing when he met his demise along with a “hand-made scale model of the Lincoln funeral car.”

What a great way to spend a beautiful spring day (April 18) in Baltimore.

Or, if you’re really the victim of some serious mourning sickness, consider traveling to Springfield, Illinois on May 2 for “An Evening With the Lincoln Funeral Car,” featuring a full-scale replica of the train.  Two lanterns that were on the original train will be on display, if you think you can handle the excitement.  “Dine alongside the Lincoln funeral car,” says the advertisement for the event.  What a romantic evening it will be.  (Thanks to David K.).

On the other hand, the League of the South is planning a very different kind of commemoration of Lincoln’s death.

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9:33 am on March 12, 2015