The Educational Tour Marm's weekly trivia post, Figure it Out Friday, for last week was the contents of Lincoln's pockets when he was shot. She also notes that the list was actually was in a rock song (which she quotes and links so you can listen).
The oddest thing in his pockets?
But the most controversial article was the Confederate five dollar note which probably was picked up by President Lincoln when he and his son bisited the Confederate Capitol Building (CommonwealthCapitol of Virginia) in the recently fallen Richmond.
Now to go with this, you can see the chair that Lincoln was sitting in when John Wilkes Booth shot him at the Henry Ford Museum (in Dearborn, MI if you want to see it in person).
You can also see small paper flags which Americans waved at Lincoln's funeral train as it passed as well as a memorial bookmark and a picture of the funeral train.
Lincoln's death touched the nation and his funeral train was a major event. This is what the Ford Musuem writes:
The train, dubbed the Lincoln Special, stopped at major cities along the way. The first day it stopped in Baltimore and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then 300,000 people viewed the body in Philadelphia. In New York City, over half a million people waited to view Lincoln’s body and over 75,000 marched in a huge funeral procession. From there, the train went to Albany and Buffalo, New York, and on to Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. The train then made its way to Indianapolis and Chicago, where the procession rivaled that in New York City. The funeral train arrived in Springfield on June 3 and Lincoln was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery the following day.
It is estimated that over a million people viewed Lincoln’s coffin and nearly 30 million, about 75 percent of the nation’s population, watched as the funeral train made its way through the countryside and small towns.
You can also access their entire online exhibit (May 2005 Picture of the Month).