From Ohio History Central
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Most Ohioans mourned President Lincoln's assassination. Lincoln's body was transported by train from Washington to his home in Springfield, Illinois. Along the way, the train stopped at many large cities to allow the American people to view the President one last time. Ohioans, by the thousands, turned out to say goodbye to the man who had led the nation through the Civil War. When the train stopped in Cleveland, Ohio, more than one hundred thousand people were present. In Columbus, Lincoln's body lay in state at the Ohio Statehouse. People filed past the open casket for almost seven hours and also lined the railroad tracks as the funeral train passed by. Some Ohioans, especially the Peace Democrats, had objected to Lincoln's war policies. However, by April 1865, most Ohioans were thankful for the war's successful conclusion and appreciated Lincoln's leadership.