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able spectacle to the world — a whole nation plunged into heartfelt grief and the deepest sorrow. The body of the dead President, having been embalmed, was removed from the house in which the death occurred to the White House, and there appropriate funeral services were held. After the transfer of the remains to the Capital, where the body was exposed to view in the Rotunda for a day, preparations were made for the journey to the home of the deceased in Illinois. On the following day (April 21) the funeral train left Washington amid the silent grief of the thousands who had gathered to witness its departure. At all the great cities along the route stops were made, and an opportunity was given the people to look on the face of the illustrious dead. The passage of this funeral train westward through country, village, and city, winding across the territory of vast States, along a track of more than fifteen hundred miles, was a pageant without a parallel in the history of the conti
e thus relates what followed the call for troops: Abraham joined a volunteer company, and, to his own surprise, was elected captain of it. He says he has not since had any success in life which gave him so much satisfaction. He went to the campaign, served near three months, met the ordinary hardships of such an expedition, but was in no battle. Official documents furnish some further interesting details. As already said, the call was printed in the Sangamo Journal of April 19. On April 21 the company was organized at Richland, Sangamon County, and on April 28 was inspected and mustered into service at Beardstown and attached to Colonel Samuel Thompson's regiment, the Fourth Illinois Mounted Volunteers. They marched at once to the hostile frontier. As the campaign shaped itself, it probably became evident to the company that they were not likely to meet any serious fighting, and, not having been enlisted for any stated period, they became clamorous to return home. The gove
own from Harper's Ferry about two thousand other troops to join in a general attack on this capital — that is, on many of its fronts at once. I feel confident that with our present forces we can defend the Capitol, the Arsenal, and all the executive buildings (seven) against ten thousand troops not better than our District volunteers. Throughout this crisis President Lincoln not only maintained his composure, but promptly assumed the high responsibilities the occasion demanded. On Sunday, April 21, he summoned his cabinet to meet at the Navy Department, and with their unanimous concurrence issued a number of emergency orders relating to the purchase of ships, the transportation of troops and munitions of war, the advance of $2,000,000 of money to a Union Safety Committee in New York, and other military and naval measures, which were despatched in duplicate by private messengers over unusual and circuitous routes. In a message to Congress, in which he afterward explained these ex
the head of the line. As soon as it was announced that Mr. Lincoln was to be buried at Springfield, Illinois, every town and city on the route begged that the train might halt within its limits and give its people the opportunity of testifying their grief and reverence. It was finally arranged that the funeral cortege should follow substantially the same route over which he had come in 1861 to take possession of the office to which he had given a new dignity and value for all time. On April 21, accompanied by a guard of honor, and in a train decked with somber trappings, the journey was begun. At Baltimore, through which, four years before, it was a question whether the President-elect could pass with safety to his life, the coffin was taken with reverent care to the great dome of the Exchange, where, surrounded with evergreens and lilies, it lay for several hours, the people passing by in mournful throngs. The same demonstration was repeated, gaining continually in intensity o
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 8: Washington. (search)
g as yet under separate State authority, and unable to agree, the two regiments proceeded there by different routes, one descending and the other ascending Chesapeake Bay, Butler arriving in Annapolis harbor before daylight, on Sunday morning, April 21st, and Lefferts join ing him there next morning, Monday, April 22d. On communicating with the shore, they were met by a protest from Governor Hicks, warning them not to land With all his stubborn and ingrained loyalty, the Governor was of a ttial point to gain a real military advantage for Washington. The burning of the railroad bridges east and north of Baltimore had permanently interrupted communication before daylight, on the morning of Saturday, April 20th; on Sunday night, April 21st, the insurrectionary authorities in the same place took possession of the telegraph offices and wires, and Washington went into the condition of an isolated and blockaded city. Both from the Virginia and the Maryland side there came exaggerate
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 32 (search)
ng him that he could offer the same terms to Johnston. On April 18 Sherman entered into an agreement with Johnston which embraced political as well as merely military questions, but only conditionally, and with the understanding that the armistice granted could be terminated if the conditions were. not approved by superior authority. A staff-officer sent by General Sherman brought his communication to Washington announcing the terms of this agreement. It was received by General Grant on April 21. Perceiving that the terms covered many questions of a civil and not of a military nature, he suggested to the Secretary of War that the matter had better be referred at once to President Johnson and the cabinet for their action. A cabinet meeting was called before midnight, and there was a unanimous decision that the basis of agreement should be disapproved, and an order was issued directing General Grant to proceed in person to Sherman's headquarters and direct operations against the en
r, directed a redistribution to some extent of the troops in the district, and shortly before his return to San Francisco I was ordered with my detachment of dragoons to take station on the Grande Ronde Indian Reservation in Yamhill County, Oregon, about twenty-five miles southwest of Dayton, and to relieve from duty at that point Lieutenant William B. Hazen-late brigadier-general and chief signal officer — who had established a camp there some time before. I started for my new station on April 21, and marching by way of Portland and Oregon City, arrived at Hazen's camp April 25. The camp was located in the Coast range of mountains, on the northeast part of the reservation, to which last had been added a section of country that was afterward known as the Siletz reservation. The whole body of land set aside went under the general name of the Coast reservation, from its skirting the Pacific Ocean for some distance north of Yaquina Bay, and the intention was to establish within its bo
rnor Hicks officially demanded new guarantees for her rights, and proclaimed her sympathy with the Southern people. On April 19, 1861, a body of troops was brought to the railway dep6t, and the citizens, being unarmed, assailed them with stones. The soldiers fired upon them, and killed a few and wounded many. A few troops passed through the town, and the others were sent back. The Legislature of Maryland appointed commissioners to the two Governments. The Confederate President, on April 21st, in an answer to those sent to him, expressed his desire for peace, peace, with all nations and people. The President of the United States alleged the protection of Washington as his only object for concentrating troops, and protested that none of the troops brought through Maryland were intended for any purposes hostile to the State, or aggressive against other States. The sequence to these pledges was, that, on May 5th, the Relay House, at the junction of the Washington and Baltimore
not furnish a single man for coercion, but fifty thousand, if necessary, for the defence of our rights or those of our Southern brothers. --Louisville Democrat, April 21. Governor Jackson, of Missouri, answers Secretary Cameron by telling him that his requisition is illegal, unconstitutional, revolutionary, inhuman, diabolic4,000 were subscribed to aid the volunteers. At noon Captain Tripp's company of one hundred men left Mount Vernon, Ind., for Indianapolis.--Louisville Democrat, April 21. The National Union, published at Winchester, Ky., says: Mark, now, what we say: any attempt on the part of the Government of this State, or of any onfired upon the soldiers, killing two, and rushed into the arsenal. All the works, munitions of war, and 15,000 stand of arms were destroyed.--(Doc. 62.)--Times, April 21. 1. The Capitol. 2. Arsenal. 3. Arsenal. 4. Navy Yard. 5. City Hall. 6. Post Office. 7. Patent Office and Department of the Interior. 8. Pres
cessionist was seized this evening, and experienced some rough treatment.--Louisville Democrat, April 21. A rifle company was organized at Dayton, Ohio, under command of Captain Childs, consistind of men over forty-five years old, under the command of Edward W. Davis.--Louisville Democrat, April 21. Rev. Warren Swift, of Utica, N. Y., a Presbyterian minister of excellent abilities and wie-spread reputation, enlisted, and started for Headquarters this morning.--Louisville Democrat, April 21. General Sherman, the State commandant at Galveston, Texas, issued an order enrolling ylvania regiment, which was unarmed, was sent back. Some were slightly wounded.--Times, April 20, 21, The mob completely reigned in Baltimore after the attack.--All the gunshops were plundered. Ot no more troops could pass through Baltimore unless they fought their way.--(Doc. 69.)--Times, April 21. Boston was terribly excited at the attack on the Massachusetts troops in Baltimore. The
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