Cannon fire, re-enactors among Lincoln funeral events

Mar 13, 2015

The organizers of a re-enactment marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's funeral say it will include cannon fire and an estimated 2,000 civilian and military re-enactors.

The plans for the May event in Springfield were detailed at a Thursday news conference hosted by the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition.

Artillery will be fired from Oak Ridge Cemetery starting at 8:30 a.m. on May 2 and every 10 minutes thereafter until a replica coffin and hearse arrives at the downtown Amtrak station at 9 a.m.

On May 3rd, a 21-gun salute will take place at dawn, and a cannon will be fired every half hour until the funeral.

The Civil War encampments will be open during daylight hours May 1-3. About 1,000 re-enactors have signed up so far for events.