The Presidential inauguration.
papers bring the particulars of the inauguration of President Lincoln
, on Monday.
The day before was chiefly spent by the crowd in chasing about to the different churches to catch a glimpse of "Old Abe;" but as he was closeted all day with Senator Seward
, they did not get a view of him. At night, he rode to the Capitol
and heard Senator Crittenden
Monday opened fair, but very dusty.
Pennsylvania Avenue was swept, and the Washington Rifles were placed in detachments on the house-tops along the route, in order to sweep the people should an occasion offer.
The National Rifles, Captain Schaeffer
, remained at their Armory, in uniform, subject to order.
The Washington Star says:
A little after 12 o'clock the word was passed along the line of the infantry on the avenue, and the cavalry on 14th street, to present arms.
This was handsomely done, when the President
elect emerged from the lower (14th street) door of the hotel.--They were warmly applauded, and from our position, in front of the crowd, we heard not a single remark offensive to the outgoing or incoming President
This argues well for the self-respect of our citizens.
looked, as usual, dignified and at his ease, and Mr. Lincoln
seemed to hear his honors meekly, and to be not at all excited by the surging, swaying crowd which surrounded him. Mr. Buchanan
's private carriage was first drawn up to the entrance, but from what we could learn of the movements going on, we judge that the President elect
preferred to make his appearance in an open carriage, where all could see him, as one was substituted for Mr. Buchanan
's close carriage.
The President and President
elect took their seats in the carriage, the military at a "present arms," and the band on the left playing "Hail to the Chief
." Senator Pearce
and Senator Baker
, of the Committee of Arrangements, having been seated in the same carriage, it moved out to its position in the line, being preceded by the company of Sappers and Miners, and flanked on the right by the Georgetown
Mounted Guard, and on the left by the President
's Mounted Guard.
There was some grumbling at this arrangement, as it was almost impossible to get a view of the President elect
, which seemed to be the chief object in view with the majority of spectators.
The President and President
elect having been received into line, turned to the right face and escorted them to the Capitol
There were twenty-one military companies in the line, including one company of U. S. troops, and there were a number of civic associations.
Among them the following:
Republican Association and Wide-Awakes, numbering 500 men, the former designated by a silver button and the red-white-and-blue sprig, and the latter by a silver eagle on the lapel.
They were headed by Capt. Smith
, and Massachusetts
delegations, each wearing an evergreen sprig in the lapel of the coat.
They were headed by Marshals Gen. J. C. Abbott
, Gen. H. H. Baxter
, and Major Rogers
The three States turned out about 250 men in the line, and, as one of them told us, confidentially, with "nary office-seeker amongst them."
Next came the great car of the Republican Association, placed on the running gear of one of Vanderwerken's large omnibuses, with pyramidal seats culminating in the centre, from which rose a staff surmounted with a large gold eagle.
From this eagle depends a canopy, which covers the top of the car. The sides were draped with red
, and on each side was the word "Constitution" in large red letters.
From the rear of the car projected a flag-staff, from which floated the stars and stripes.
In front of the driver's seat was the coat of arms of the United States
, surmounted by appropriate drapery.
The car was drawn by six white horses, with white covers, on each of which the word "Union" was inscribed in large red letters.--In the car were 24 little girls, each dressed in white, with laurel wreaths, two of them representing the Goddess of Liberty, and the others each bearing the coat of arms of a State or Territory.
The New York delegation were headed by Marshal J. H. Hobart Ward
They wore badges of white satin with the words "New York" printed thereon.
They numbered about 250.
delegation, numbering 50 men, headed by a carriage surrounded by the California
campaign flag, the Stars and Stripes, with a bust of Lincoln
on it, and under the bottom stripe a white field bearing the words, "California
true to the Union
."-- The carriage contained F. Stanford
, late Republican candidate for Governor
; D. W. Cheeseman
, Lieut. Governor
do.; S. H. Parker
, ex-State Senator
; Samuel Gamage
, high private; and Master Willie Gamage
, native Californian, bearing the flag above mentioned.
Their marshal was Mr. Richard Chenery
The Virginia delegation, one hundred strong, bearing the U. S. flag, with the name of the State
printed across it, and under the command of their marshal, Mr. George Rye
Never, in the history of Washington
, was so immense a crowd of spectators seen on Pennsylvania Avenue. From the Treasury to the Capitol
, on both sides of the Avenue
, from the building fine to the curb-stone, myriads were packed in solid mass, in incalculable numbers.
Every available window, and balcony, and house-top, near the Avenue
and on it, was full of human forms and faces, till no room remained to stand or sit.
Perhaps the oddest incident of the day was the following: As the civic portion of the procession passed up the Avenue
there was noticed a singular sound, not easily describable — a sharp, cracking, rasping sort of detonation, at regular intervals of perhaps three seconds. The police, on alert for air guns and other implements of assassination, walked up and down the line completely puzzled.
The locale of the peculiar noise soon became narrowed down to the New England
delegation, and pretty soon the facts of the case came out, creating no little amusement all around.
It seems that the New England
folks wear "pegged" boots and shoes pretty generally, and this season with extra heavy soles on account of the deep snows.
Coming South, the unusual heat and dryness of the atmosphere here has shrunk the peg-timber in their foot-gear excessively, occasioning a general squeaking with every movement, swelling in the aggregate, when the delegation was keeping step in line, to a volume perceptible in the pauses of the Marine Band for several blocks.
The National Guard battalion, Col. J. A. Tait
, assembled at their armory at 9 A. M., and after going through the manual in a first-class manner, paraded through the avenue to the Capitol
Arrived there, they were formed in close order about the platform on the east portico, which position they maintained in order to keep the crowd from pressing too closely thereupon, until the inaugural ceremonies were concluded.
To guard the immediate neighborhood of the President
during the ceremonies was the special duty of this battalion.
The doors of the Capitol
were guarded by a strong force of special police, who admitted none except members, officers of the House
and Senate, and ladies.
When the reporters of the House
charged on the police and passed in, about every third man about the doors suddenly became a reporter, and the expose
of the ignorance of some was exceedingly refreshing.
No persons were admitted into the galleries of the House
, so Congress had its closing shouts and yells of "Mr. Speaker
," &c., all to itself.
A few disconsolate ladies watched from the windows of the passages around the galleries the forming of the military companies in front of the platform, and whiled away their time in listening to the half audible confusion in the Hall
The platform was erected on a level with the first broad steps of the portico of the east front of the Capitol
, and extended out to the base step.
It was provided with seats for some three hundred persons, (which were occupied by the Cabinet
, Diplomatic Corps, Senators
, Supreme Court, ladies, etc., and standing room in the rear for about twice as many more.
This, of course, was the great point of attraction, and, consequently, everybody sought during the morning to obtain a position there — and some tall struggling was made for the favorite places.
The enclosed walk.
As usual on such occasions, when the assembling in the immediate vicinity of the principal point of attraction of an immense throng of curious spectators renders a passage through utterly impossible, an enclosed walk was constructed several days prior to the inauguration from the street on the north side of the Capitol
to the north entrance door of the new Senate wing, a distance of some two hundred feet, through which the President elect
, the President
and the Supreme Court, Diplomatic Corps, etc., passed into the building, and from thence into the Senate chamber
The ceremonies at the Capitol.
Crowds gathered about the Capitol
early this morning, and retained their position there through all the hours until the arrival of the procession, lest they should lose the opportunity of a footing within hearing and seeing distance of Mr. Lincoln
during the delivery of the Inaugural.
The doors of the Senate Chamber
were opened at 11 o'clock A. M., for the admission of Senators
and others entitled to admission, as Ex-Presidents
, Chief Justice Taney
and the Associate Judges
of the Supreme Court, Diplomatic Corps, Heads of Departments, and Ex-Members of either branch of Congress, and Members of Congress elect, Officers
of the Army and Navy who, by name, have received the thanks of Congress, Governors
of States and Territories of the Union
, and Ex-Governors
of States, Assistant Secretaries
of Departments, and the Assistant Postmaster General
; the Comptrollers, Auditors, Register, and Solicitor of the Treasury, Treasurer, Commissioner
, Judges, the Mayors of Washington
, and the Reporters in the Senate.
These were all admitted at the north door of the Capitol--The
families of the Diplomatic Corps
who were out in brilliant force, entered at the same door of the Capitol
, and passed thence to the diplomatic gallery.
Seats were placed in front of the Secretary
's table for President Buchanan
and Mr. Lincoln
, and, on their left, for the Committee of Arrangements.
The venerable Chief Justice Taney
and the Associate Justices
of the Supreme Court were seated on the right of the chair, and the Diplomatic Corps
, en costume,
with the Heads of Departments, to the left of the chair.
Members of Congress occupied seats to the left of the chair.
The galleries were reserved exclusively for ladies, and the display thereabout was of flower-garden brilliancy.
The Rotunda was closed, and the entrances to the Capitol
generally were kept as tight as wax.
On the arrival of the President
elect, they entered by the north door of the north wing of the Capitol
, and proceeded to the President
The Vice President elect
was accompanied to the Capitol
by a member of the Committee of Arrangements, and conducted into the Vice President
's room, and afterwards into the Senate Chamber
, where the oath of office was to be administered to him by the Vice President
After the delivery of the Inaugural, and as soon as the inauguration ceremonies were concluded, the Military, with the Marshals and Aids, as a final ceremony, escorted the President
and his attendants to the Executive
Though the reports, that an attempt would be made to shoot Mr. Lincoln
while delivering his Inaugural were not seriously credited, it was thought advisable to omit no precaution to frustrate any such plot; and, accordingly, the police in front of the Capitol
were noticed preventing the assembling of any suspicious looking individuals in compact masses, by passing among them ever and anon.
From the Baltimore
papers we take the following additional items:
When the escort reached the Executive
mansion, Mr. Buchanan
, stepping on the threshold, said to President Lincoln
that having conducted him safely through the ceremonies, and introduced him to his new home, he would bid him a farewell, wishing him Heaven's blessing upon his administration.--President Lincoln
with deep feelings acknowledged this kind expression, and the great pleasure it would ever afford him to see Mr. Buchanan
at the Executive
They then shook hands, and Mr. Buchanan
re-entered his carriage, and left for the residence of Robt. Ould
, where he remains until to-morrow afternoon, when he starts for Baltimore
Immediately after the close of the Inaugural ceremonies there was a rush to the railroad depot, and from a few minutes to 3 o'clock until 6, when the last train started--five trains, averaging about sixteen cars each, left Washington
, conveying from the Federal Capital
not less than 4,000 of those who but a few hours previous had eagerly crowded into it.