Document from Apr. 17, 1865

Order of procession of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln

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    Order of procession of the funeral of the late President [Abraham Lincoln], as directed by order of the Secretary of War, Washington, April 17, 1865

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    Official arrangements at Washington for the funeral solemnities of the late Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, who died at the seat of Government on Saturday the 15th. day of April 1865.

    War Department

    Adjutant General’s Office

    Washington, April 17, 1865

    The following order of arrangement is directed.

    Order of the Procession.

    Funeral escort-in column of march.

    One Regiment of Cavalry

    Two Batteries of Artillery

    Battalion of Marines

    Two Regiments of Infantry

    Commander of Escort and Staff.

    Dismounted officers of Marine Corps, Navy and

    Army in the order named.

    Mounted officers of Marine Corps, Navy and

    Army in the order named.

    All military officers to be in uniform with side arms.

    Civic Procession

    The troops designated to form the escort will assemble in the Avenue, north of the President’s House and form line precisely at 11 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday the 19th instant with the left resting on 15th Street. The procession will move precisely at 2 o’clock P.M. when minute guns will be fired by detachments of Artillery stationed near St. John’s church the City Hall and at the Capitol. At the same hour the bells of the several churches in Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria will be tolled.

    As sun-rise on Wednesday the 19th instant a Federal salute will be fired from the military stations in the vicinity of Washington, minute guns between the hours of twelve and three o’clock, and a national salute at the setting of the sun.

    The usual badge of mourning will be worn on the left arm and on the hilt of the swords.

    By order of the Secretary of War

    W. A. Nichols

    Assistant Adjutant General.

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    George R. Harrington Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

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    Nichols, W. A.. "Order of procession of the funeral of the late President [Abraham Lincoln], as directed by order of the Secretary of War, Washington, April 17, 1865". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed December 10, 2018. http://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/539