Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mystery of Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train Solved by Chemist

Abraham Lincoln's railcar pictured in Alexandria, Va. The private car carried Lincoln's body on a two-week funeral procession across the Northern U.S. states in 1865.

  

Before President Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest, a train carried his body on a two-week funeral procession across the Northern U.S. states in 1865. Mourners from New York to Illinois gathered to see the train and pay their final respects, but despite drawing millions of spectators, one detail of the much-publicized event was thought to have been lost to history: The color of the president's railcar.

Now, in a case of historical sleuthing, Wayne Wesolowski, a chemist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has put together the missing piece of the puzzle.

By analyzing tiny paint chips from one of only a few surviving artifacts from the train, Wesolowski discovered that the true color of the historic railcar was a brownish-red color that he describes as "dark maroon."

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/29433-abraham-lincoln-funeral-train-color.html

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