Reminiscence of the opening of Lincoln's casket

Title

Reminiscence of the opening of Lincoln's casket

Description

Ellen Hopkins writes and signs an account of the opening of Abraham Lincoln's casket in 1887 and again in 1901 noting that he has in his possession the sheet of metal cut from the section of the casket that was over the face of Lincoln. The account is also signed by her father, Leon P. Hopkins. A note in the upper left hand corner of the manuscript states that the wide margin has been left blank for binding.

Creator

Hopkins, Leon P.; Hopkins, Ellen

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1940-12-31

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

300533
T1940.12.31-MISC

Transcription

My father, Leon P. Hopkins was just a little boy when Abraham Lincoln lived in Springfield but remembers seeing Lincoln talking to his father, Caleb Hopkins, who was then State Custodian of Arms and was later a Captain in the Civil War. These memories precede Lincoln's election as president.

Later in 1887 and in 1901, my father opened Lincoln's casket at the monument in Springfield, Illinois when the body was identified before final interment. He has in his possession the sheet


of metal cut from over the face of Lincoln from the original casket.

I will have my father autograph this below.

Ellen Hopkins December 31, 1940. Leon P. Hopkins

81

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

paper and ink
2 p
23 x 17 cm

Citation

Hopkins, Leon P.; Hopkins, Ellen, “Reminiscence of the opening of Lincoln's casket,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed July 22, 2018, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/8373.