The Abraham Lincoln statue at the Capitol Building, Springfield, Illinois

The Lincoln Statue at the Illinois State Capitol

The Lincoln Statue at the Illinois State Capitol

 

 

 

Side-view of O'Connor bronze statue of Lincoln

Side-view of O'Connor bronze statue of Lincoln

 

 

B. Nash with Lincoln statue

B. Nash with Lincoln statue

 

On Abraham Lincoln’s birthday 2010, I was in Springfield. It was cold! Naturally, I had to visit some of the “Lincoln spots.” This one is hard to miss. It stands out in front of the Capitol building. I like this statue. It is said to depict the President-elect making his farewell speech to his friends and neighbors while standing on the platform of the railroad car about to leave Springfield for the journey to Washington. That date, by the way, was February 11, 1861. Lincoln looks sad to me. We know it was a sad occasion-so it fits. What doesn’t fit is the fact that Lincoln is beardless. I’m sure that by the time of his leaving Springfield for Washington, Abe had a beard. At any rate, it is a great statue. It was dedicated in 1918. Almost¬†100 years old!
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2 Responses to “The Abraham Lincoln statue at the Capitol Building, Springfield, Illinois”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Mr. Volkmann. I’m honored by your visit to my blog and your generous offer. I have sent you an email. Thank you!

  2. Carl Volkmann says:

    I have written a book about the forty Lincoln statues in Illinois. I’d be happy to send you a copy.

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