On April 25 the train carrying President Lincoln's remains to Springfield stopped briefly in Hudson, NY for the citizens to pay their respects. According to a passage from the journal of Assistant Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend, commander of the train that carried the remains of President Abraham Lincoln from Washington to Springfield:
"At Hudson . . . elaborate preparations had been made. Beneath an arch hung with black and white drapery and... evergreen wreaths, was a tableau representing a coffin resting upon a dais; a female figure in which, mourning over the coffin; a soldier standing at one end and a sailor at the other. While a band of young women dressed in white sang a dirge, two others in black entered the funeral-car, placed a floral device on the President’s coffin, then knelt for a moment of silence, and quietly withdrew. This whole scene was one of the most weird ever witnessed, its solemnity being intensified by the somber light of the torches at that dead hour of night."
To honor the occasion, a reenactment of the events of that night will be held this coming Saturday evening in Hudson. The reenactment will take place at 8:45 in the evening starting at the Basilica on South Front Street in Hudson NY.
Please join us for this historic event, If you choose feel free to wear period or mourning attire.