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    [Abraham Lincoln]. Group of Four Cartes de Visite of Lincoln's Burial Vault and Cemetery. One week after his death at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, the body of President Abraham Lincoln, accompanied by the body of his son, Willie, who had himself died two months earlier, returned home to Springfield, Illinois. While waiting for the final tomb to be laid, the bodies of the president and his son were stored in a common vault in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery.

    The first, measuring 2.5" x 4", shows the front of the temporary vault outside of which stand several men, likely members of the National Lincoln Monument Association, formed on April 15 by citizens of Springfield to provide a tomb for the fallen president. Standing on the hill above is a company of soldiers, two more stand guard at the door. Backstamp of Ridgway Glover on the verso. The second, 2.5" x 3.75", shows three soldiers standing guard at the door. On the verso is written, "Vault of Abraham Lincoln," with the backstamp of Capitol Gallery of Springfield. The third, 2.5" x 4", shows the vault from straight on with two soldiers standing guard. An inscription on the verso reads, "President Lincoln's Tomb. Mr. Nye June 22, 1865," below an A.C. Townsend backstamp. The final CDV, 2.5" x 3.75", shows the gate to the cemetery, two soldiers standing guard at the entrance. Above the Capitol Gallery backstamp is an inscription which reads: "Entrance to the vault of Abraham Lincoln."

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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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