Volume 91 Issue 24 | p. 34
Issue Date: June 17, 2013

In Lincoln Funeral Train Mystery, Colorful Clues

Microscopy points to precise color of railcar, but spectroscopy may be needed to confirm results
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: conservation, paint, history, train, Lincoln, pigment, microscopy

When the U.S. military’s railroad agency constructed an official railcar for the newly reelected Abraham Lincoln, agency officials never imagined that they had built his hearse. The car, completed in early 1865, was the Air Force One of its day. But the 16th president did not live to ride in it. Instead, the car, draped in bunting, carried his coffin on a 12-day funeral procession from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill.

Mourners flocked trackside to . . .

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