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The earliest known image of Willie Lincoln; In 1862 Mary's favorite son, Willie, died in the White House. This led to a tormented period of mourning. According to Elizabeth Keckley, Mary's seamstress, her grief was so overbearing that Mr. Lincoln warned she would have to be sent to an asylum if she couldn't control it.


William Wallace Lincoln, 11-year-old son of Abraham and Mary, died at the White House on February 20, 1862. He apparently died of Typhus, contracted by contaminated water. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed and dressed him. When the President gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home..."


The Engine "Nashville" that pulled Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. On Apr. 21, 1865 the train, known as "The Lincoln Special," with Lincoln's portrait fastened to the front, left Washington DC and travelled to Springfield, IL, arriving on May 3, 1865. On board along with Lincoln's remains were those of his son William Wallace Lincoln, who had died in the White House at the age of 11 of typhoid fever. The train also carried Lincoln's eldest son Robert Todd Lincoln and approximately 300…