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in a cftmm oc A meeting will be held Tuesday evening July 12 of the Luce County expansion to more than double its present standard on Ashmun at Arlington i speeding William R Weddj Su ai me Man i Corps will send in a group to as1. The soldiers shown here are: (left to right) Army Pvt. William Bougie, of Mrs. Arthur Me Allister, E. Onota Speaker A t Meeting St., Sunday May . ASHMUN Marquette William J, Ashmun, I 51, a resident of Marquette thirty, years . George Ashmun was a congressional colleague of Abraham Lincoln in the late s. his account of that memorable meeting that Ashmun at once proved his ability as As chairman of the convention, wrote Lincoln biographer William E. Barton, but as for the rest – they are not of the quality to attract me, & I avoid them.
Next morning the Guard was relieved by another detail and doors were thrown open to the public. Throughout the day a continuous stream of people, some thirty-five hundred per house, went up the steps of the eastern entrance to the rotunda where the remains lay in state. They ascended a platform surrounding the catafalque, passed to the head of the coffin and on to the west exit of the building.
At dark the doors were closed and the guards for the night took up their positions. Had the weather not been so damp and chilly, the number probably would have been twice as large. During that time many thousands of people from every part of the United States paid to the dead form of the beloved President their last tearful tribute of affection, honor, and respect. The center of the building was temporarily in charge of the military, Congress not being in session, and the arrangements were admirable for the preservation of order, while all who came were allowed every reasonable facility in the carrying out of their melancholy errand.
Guards marshaled the vast procession of sight-seers into a double line which separated at the foot of the coffin, passed on either side, was reunited again, and was guided out by the opposite door, which opened onto the great portico of the building on its east front. During my time of duty 39, people passed through and viewed the corpse, the front of the lid being open.
The coffin was covered with flowers, and a staff officer stood at the head and another at the foot to keep people from touching the coffin or the corpse, and I assure you it was difficult to prevent it. I never saw such a variety of emotions in human nature in my whole life.
Some would burst into tears and sobs, others would flush up with fire and indignation and mutter curses loud and deep on the cowardly assassins and their instigators.
While I was standing at the head of the coffin preventing people from touching it, one old lady over sixty years old watched me closely, and quick as thought darted down her head and kissed the President in spite of me. I could not find it in my heart to say a word to her, but let her pass on as if I did not see it.
You can form no idea of the scenes I saw. Looking down from that lofty point, the scene was weird and memorable. Directly beneath me lay the casket in which the dead President lay at full length, far, far below; and, like black atoms moving over a sheet of gray paper, the slow-moving mourners, seen from a perpendicular above them, crept silently in two dark lines across the pavement of the rotunda, forming an ellipse around the coffin and joining as they advanced toward the eastern portal and disappeared.
Stanton who designated General Edward D. Townsend as his point man for logistics. Townsend accompanied the train back to Springfield. Non-commissioned officers of the Veteran Reserve Corps were detailed to act as a body-guard, and major generals of the army were directed to attend the train and keep watch, so that at all times during the journey the coffin should be under their special guardianship.
That the time of the departure and arrival be observed as closely as possible. That material detentions at way points be guarded against as much as practicable, so as not to increase the speed of trains. That a pilot engine be kept ten minutes in advance of the train. That the special train, in all cases, have the right of road, and that all other trains be kept out of its way.
That the several railroad companies provide a sufficient number of coaches for the comfortable accommodation of the escort, and a special car for the remains; and that all these, together with the engines, be appropriately draped in mourning. That where the running time of any train extends beyond or commences at midnight, not less than two sleeping-cars be added, and a greater number if the road can command them, sufficient for the accommodation of the escort.
That two officers of the United States Military Railway Service be detailed by you, and despatched at once over the route to confer with the several railway officers, and make all necessary preparations for carrying out these arrangements promptly and satisfactorily. It contained a parlor, sitting room and sleeping apartment, all of which was fitted up in the most approved modern style.
It was divided into four compartments, thus: Parlor, chamber, dining room and kitchen; with water tanks and gasometer. The whole car was fitted up in the most elegant and costly manner. Both of these cars were richly draped in mourning. Power, who served for years as custodian of the Lincoln tomb in Springfield. Gurley, the coffin was borne, without music, to the hearse car, to which the body of his son Willie had previously been removed.
Another prayer and the benediction followed. They stood with arms reversed, heads bowed, all weeping like children at the loss of a father. Their grief was of such undoubted sincerity as to affect the whole vast multitude. Dignified Governors of States, grave Senators, and scar-worn army officers, who had passed through scenes of blood and carnage unmoved, lost their self control and were melted to tears in the presence of such unaffected sorrow.
The city added ten thousand dollars to the reward offered for the arrest of the assassin. Those who accompanied the escort the entire journal say that there was no other place where the manifestations of grief were apparently so sincere and unaffected as in the city of Baltimore, although they admit it was hard to make a distinction when all were intent on using every exertion to do honor to memory of the illustrious statesman. Owing to the presence of large detachments of the army in the Monumental City, the military escort was exceedingly imposing.
The various commands were thoroughly equipped. The entire column was under command of Brigadier General H. Lockwood, attended by his staff…. The remains were then removed from the funeral car and carried slowly and reverently into the building, and placed on a catafalque prepared for them.
According to Lincoln scholar Bradley R. Curtin had been ill and confined to bed for several days. He joined Governor Augustus W. Bradford of Maryland in the front car. Governor Curtin decided to ride the Funeral Train for the entire time that it was in Pennsylvania and in doing so set a precedent: When the hearse car approached he reverently uncovered his head, and replaced his hat as the train moved away.
Thousands of citizens of the neighboring towns and adjoining counties swelled the procession of mourners. The funeral train arrived in Philadelphia from Harrisburg late in the afternoon of Saturday April As time for the train approached, police had to use considerable exertion to keep clear the space needed for the passage of pallbearers from the door of the depot to the hearse. A procession, for which preparation had been making for several days, was already formed; men standing in marching order, from four to twelve abreast.
A magnificent funeral car was in readiness. Which had been specially constructed for the occasion. The corpse was transferred to this car, the coffin enveloped in the American flag, and surrounded with flowers. The grand procession, composed of eleven divisions, and including every organization in the city, both military and civic, was seven miles in length.
It moved through the wide and beautiful streets of the city to the sound of solemn music, by a great number of bands. The insignia of sorrow seemed to be on every house. The poor testified their grief by displaying such emblems as their limited means could command, and the rich, more profuse, not because their sorrow was greater, but because their wealth enabled them to manifest it on a larger scale. The Union League Association was stationed in the square, and when the procession arrived at the entrance, the Association took charge of the sacred dust, and conveyed it into Independence Hall, marching with uncovered heads to the sound of a dirge performed by a band — stationed in the observatory over the Hall — the booming of cannon in the distance, and the tolling of bells throughout the city.
The body was laid on a platform in the centre of the Hall, with feet to the north, bringing the head very close to the pedestal on which the old Independence bell stands. A flood of light provided eighteen candelabra with burning wax tapers, provided illumination.
Twenty-five vases filled with japonicas, heliotropes, and other rare flowers cast a sweet perfume through the Hall which was completely shrouded by black cloth. The old chandelier, hanging immediately above the coffin, was entirely covered and hanging above it in every direction festoons of black cloth formed a sort of canopy for the whole room.
Lincoln interpreted his dream as an omen that great news would soon come. I had it the other night. It is of a ship sailing rapidly. Then the doors were closed; but hundred remained around the building all night, that they might be first in the morning. On the afternoon of Sunday, many women fainted in the crowd. Many females fainted with exhaustion, and had to be carried off by their friends.
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Through two windows the double column entered and passed by the casket, a third of a million people. Hundreds of persons were seriously injured from being pressed in the mob, and many fainting females were extricated by the police and military and conveyed to places of security. Half a million of sorrow-stricken people were upon the streets to do honor to all that was left of the man whom they respected, revered and loved with an affection never before bestowed upon any other, save the Father of his Country.
Universal grief was depicted on the faces of all. Hearts beat quick and fast with the throb of a sorrow which they had never experienced. Young and old alike bowed in solemn reverence before the draped chariot which bore the body of our deceased, assassinated president.
The feeling was too deep for expression. The wet cheeks of the strong man, the tearful eyes of the maiden and the matron, the hush which pervaded the atmosphere and made it oppressive, the steady measured tread of the military and the civic procession, the mournful dirges of the bands, the dismal tolling of the bells and the boom of the minute guns, to more than it is possible for language to express.
After leaving Philadelphia, the track was lined on both sides with a continuous array of people. New Jersey Power wrote: Crowds of people were assembled, the number estimated at twenty thousand, and the array of mourning inscriptions and other evidences of sorrow were abundant.
This is the only State capital passed by the funeral cortege on the entire journey, at which they failed to stop for the people to engage in public demonstrations of respect…. Governor Joel Parker and staff, with many citizens were taken on board here, and accompanied the remains to New York.
At Princeton, a large number of college students were standing with reverent bearing and in silence. At New Brunswick, the train stopped for a few moments to find an immense crowd at the depot.
Minute guns were fired from the time it came in sight until it passed from their view. Large numbers were assembled at Rahway and Elizabeth City, also. That immediately in front of it, its somber, almost black, paneling contrasting strongly with the strong crimson of the other, was finished expressly for its present sad purpose. The civic and military delegation who have escorted the body of the dead from Washington, gather to the door of this funeral car.
All heads are uncovered, and the coffin is reverently borne forth by soldiers of the Veteran Reserves, and carried to the hearse. As it leaves the station-house the deep voices of the Germans are silent, and the various delegations, forming into line, march slowly from the building by its western exit, pass down Exchange-place towards the ferry-boat; the Washington escort first, the Mayor and Common Councils of New-York next, and the military and other civic bodies following.
The crowd was not admitted into the vast edifice. When those on board the train disembarked and the coffin was borne along the platform, the funeral part were startled by a vast choir, composed of German musical associations, which had been stationed in a gallery of the building.
As they chanted an anthem or requiem for the dead, many who were unused to weeping were affected to tears. As the remains were conveyed from the depot the boat, the choir chanted a solemn the depot to the boat, the choir chanted a solemn dirge and continued it until the ferry boat reached the opposite side of the Hudson river.
The shipping of all nations in the harbor displayed their flags at half-mast. Outside their line a great and dense but serious and silent crowd is gathered. All are quickly on board the boat, and moving at once out of the slip, she crosses without delay or accident to the foot of Desbrosses-street in New York City. The platform of this car was fourteen feet long and eight feet wide. On the platform, which was five feet from the ground, there was a dais, on which the coffin rested.
This gave it sufficient elevation to be readily seen by those at a distance, over the heads of the multitude. Above the dais there was a canopy fifteen feet high, supported by columns, and in part by a miniature temple of liberty.
The platform was covered with black cloth, which fell at the sides nearly to the ground. It was edged with silver bullion fringe, which hung in graceful festoons. Black cloth hung from the sides, festooned with silver stars, and was also edged with silver fringe. The canopy was trimmed in like manner, with black cloth, festooned and spangled with silver bullion, the corners surmounted by rich plumes of black and white feathers.
At the base of each column were three American flags, slightly inclined outward, festooned and covered with crape. The funeral car was in the first division. Public officials filled the second division. The Fifth division was completely dedicated to Irish-American organizations. Among the signs throughout the city were: No trace of the architecture was to be seen in the rotunda.
Niche and dome, balustrade and paneling, were all veiled. From the dome to the base there was a wall of crape, relieved by shrouded ensigns and semi-circular folds of paramatta. All these were arched by festoons, which fell gracefully over the combined display of flags and mourning.
Across the dome a black curtain was drawn, and the rays of light thus conducted fell subdued upon the sad and imposing spectacle. These having retired, preparations were made to admit the public generally. Those provided with tickets were admitted through the western basement door, and passed on the opposite side the catafalque.The Black Eyed Peas - Meet Me Halfway (Official Music Video)
All classes of our citizens, the old and the young, the rich and the poor, without distinction of color or sex, mingled in the silent procession that passed reverently before the bier. As night came on the scene grew more impressive. The heavy draping of the rotunda caused the light from the chandeliers to assume a sickly glare, as it was reflected from the silver ornaments of the coffin and catafalque, on the faces of the passing crowd.
To those who had not seen Mr. Lincoln in life, the view may be satisfactory; but to those who were familiar with his features, it is far otherwise. The color is leaden, almost brown; the forehead recedes sharp and clearly marked; the eyes deep sunk and close held upon the sockets; the cheek bones, always high are unusually prominent; the cheeks hollowed and deep pitted; the unnaturally thin lips shut tight and firm as if glued together; and the small chin, covered with slight beard, seemed pointed and sharp.
The body is dressed in black, the white turned-over collar and the clean white gloves make a strong contrast to the black velvet cloth and leaden-hued features. This is all that remains of the man whom goodness made great and whose rest in the hearts of the people is forever and abiding, It will not be possible, despite the effection of the embalming, to continue much longer the exhibition, as the constant shaking of the body aided by the exposure to the air, and the increasing of dust, has already undone much of the…workmanship, and it is doubtful if it will be decreed wise to tempt dissolution much further.
As the clock tolled the hour of twelve, the members of the German singing societies, who had taken their places in the corridor, commenced a solemn dirge. Heard from the neighborhood of the catafalque, the sound had a most thrilling effect. The chorus consisted of about seventy voices. The viewing was closed at mid-day on April Dix, who stood with cap in hand on the steps of the hall, gave the signal for the remains to be carried out. The coffin then appeared, borne by the guard of honor from the Veteran Reserve corps.
All in the immediate vicinity instinctively uncovered. The band of the Seventh regiment played a mournful dirge, the City Hall bell tolled, the military presented arms, and, amid unbroken silence among the multitude, the mortal remains of Abraham Lincoln were borne to the hearse.
He nearly lost that responsibility when Stanton learned what he had done in New York city that day. Gurney recorded two images, both of which included the entire scene, not just the remains. They showed the coffin, with Townsend himself and Admiral Charles A. Davis standing at either end with their arms crossed. After seeing the first plate destroyed, Gurney appealed the decision.
But Robert Lincoln concurred with Stanton, and the second plate was destroyed. Somehow one proof survived, which Stanton kept in his files. The New York Times reported: George Ashmun George Ashmun was a congressional colleague of Abraham Lincoln in the late s. For years, whether at home or in Washington, he wrote editorials and communications for the Springfield Republican.
Both Ashmun and Mr. Lincoln dropped out of politics in the early s after experiencing political disappointments. While a member of Congress with Ashumn, Mr. You have a candidate worthy of the cause. You are pledged to his success; humanity is pledged to his success; the cause of free government is pledged to his success. Lincoln officially of his nomination.
We have come, sir, under a vote of instructions to that Committee, to notify you that you have been selected by the Convention of the Republicans at Chicago for President of the United States. They instruct us, sir, to notify you of that selection, and that Committee deem it not only respectful to yourself, but appropriate to the important matter which they have in hand, that they should come in person, and present to you the authentic evidence of the action of that Convention; and, sir, without any phrase which shall either be considered personally plaudatory to yourself, or which shall have any reference to the principles involved in the questions which are connected with your nomination, I desire to present to you the letter which has been prepared, and which informs you of your nomination, and with it the platform resolutions and sentiments which the convention adopted.
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Sir, at your convenience we shall be glad to receive from you such a response as it may be your pleasure to give us. He was, however, detailed on a special assignment to Canada at the beginning of the Lincoln Administration. Before leaving on his diplomatic mission, Ashmun brought Senator Stephen A. Douglas to meet with President Lincoln. Ashmun is the source of information about the conversation in which the Illinois Democrat pledged his support for the war policies of his long-time Republican rival.
The friendly personal relations which had long existed between us justified an effort in that direction on my part; and late in the afternoon I decided to make it. During the Trent Affair with Britain later that year, Ashmun helped facilitate a meeting between Canadian foreign minister Alexander T.
Galt and President Lincoln. Again, the December 4 meeting was instrumental in leading to a resolution of the crisis. There is no Pilot. But I trust in Providence to raise one for us. Lincoln has spoken to me on the subject, disclaiming all knowledge of his wishes.