LOCKPORT, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois historian has found what appears to be a pressed flower from Abraham Lincoln’s casket.
Will County Historical Society president Sandy Vasko tells The Daily Southtown she found it in a box belonging to the family of James Elwood, a Civil War soldier and former mayor of Joliet, which is outside Chicago.
Vasko found a handwritten message describing the flower as from the 16th president’s casket when “the remains were lying in State … in Washington, D. C. April 20, 1865.”
James Cornelius is the Lincoln curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. He confirmed to her that the flower appeared the “real deal.”
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Vasko calls the find the “pinnacle” of her years of volunteering at the Will County Historical Museum and Research Center.
Information from: Southtown Star, http://southtownstar.chicagotribune.com/