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which the remains of his son Willie had been previously removed.

The 12th Veteran Reserve Corps, which had formed the escort to the depot, was ranged in line in front of the building, and guards were at once stationed at proper points to prevent outside parties from assembling within the building and blocking up the passage-ways. None were admitted except those who had tickets authorizing them to go with the remains, Senators and members of Congress, military officers, and passengers who intended going to Baltimore on the 7.30 train.

A large crowd was soon assembled, and all sorts of means were devised to gain access to the depot buildings, but they failed to succeed, and they were obliged to content themselves with a distant view of the passage of the funeral train, as it moved from the depot.

A few minutes before eight o'clock, Capt. Robert Lincoln, son of the President, accompanied by two relatives, arrived and took his seat in the cars.

Messrs. Nicolay and Hay, the late President's private secretaries, arrived a few moments later and also took their places. Twenty-one first sergeants, of the 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 18th, and 24th Veteran Reserve Corps, accompanied the remains as a guard.

A few moments before eight o'clock, Rev. Dr. Gurley, standing upon the platform, made the following impressive prayer:

O Lord our God, strengthen us under the pressure of this great national sorrow as Thou only canst strengthen the weak, and comfort us as Thou only canst comfort the sorrowing, and sanctify us as Thou only canst sanctify people when they are passing through the fiery furnace of trial. May Thy grace abound to us according to our need, and in the end may the affliction that now fills our hearts with sadness and our eyes with tears, work for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

And now may the God of Peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, our Redeemer and our hope, our fathers' God and our God, in whose care we now leave these precious remains, to whose blessing we

renewedly commit our bereaved and beloved country, and to whose name be glory forever and ever. Amen.

The following is a list of the gentlemen specially invited to accompany the remains:

Relatives and family friends-Judge David Davis, Judge United States Supreme Court; N. W. Edwards; General J. B. S. Todd; Charles Alexander Smith. Guard of Honor-namely: General E. D. Townsend; Brigadier-General Charles Thomas; Brigadier-General A. D. Eaton; Brevet Major-General J. G. Barnard; Brigadier-General G. D. Ramsay; Brigadier-General A. P. Howe; Brigadier-General D. C. McCallum; Major-General David Hunter; Brigadier-General J. C. Caldwell; Rear-Admiral C. H. Davis, United States Navy; Captain William R. Taylor, United States Navy; Major T. Y. Field, United States Marine Corps. (The above constituted a guard of honor; Capt. Charles Penrose, quartermaster and commissary of subsistence for the entire party.) Dr. Charles B. Brown, embalmer; Frank T. Sands, undertaker. And on the part of the Senate and House of Representatives: Maine, Mr. Pike; New Hampshire, Mr. Rollins; Vermont, Mr. Baxter; Massachusetts, Mr. Hooper; Connecticut, Mr. Dixon; Rhode Island, Mr. Anthony; New York, Mr. Harris; Pennsylvania, Mr. Cowan ; Ohio, Mr. Schenck; Kentucky, Mr. Smith; Indiana, Mr. Julian; Minnesota, Mr. Ramsay; Michigan, Mr. T. W. Ferry; Iowa, Mr. Harlan; Illinois, Mr. Yates, Mr. Washburne, Mr. Farnsworth, and Mr. Arnold; California, Mr. Shannon; Oregon, Mr. Williams; Kansas, Mr. Clarke; Western Virginia, Mr. Whaley; Nevada, Mr. Nye; Nebraska, Mr. Hitchcock; Colorado, Mr. Bradford; Idaho, Mr. Wallace; New Jersey, Mr. Newell; Maryland, Mr. Phelps; George T. Brown, sergeant-at-arms of the Senate; and N. G. Ordway, sergeant-at-arms of the House of Representatives. Names of the delegates from Illinois appointed to accompany the remains of Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States:-Governor Richard J. Oglesby; General Isham N. Haynie, Adjutant-General State of Illinois; Colonel James H. Bowen, A. D. C.; Colonel M. H. Hanna, A. D. C.; Colonel D. B. James, A. D. C.; Major S. Waite, A. D. C.; Colonel D. L. Phillips, United States Marshal Southern District of Illinois, A. D. C.; Hon. Jesse K. Dubois; Hon. J. T. Stuart; Colonel John Williams; Dr. S. H. Melvin; Hon. S. M. Cullum; General John A. McClernand; Hon. Lyman Trumbull; Hon. J. S. V. Reddenburg; Hon. Thomas J. Dennis; Lieutenant-Governor William Bross; Hon. Francis E. Sherman, Mayor of Chicago; Hon. Thomas A. Haine; Hon. John Wentworth; Hon. S. S. Hays; Colonel R. M. Hough; Hon. S. W. Fuller; Capt. J. B. Turner; Hon. I. Lawson; Hon. C. L. Woodman; Hon. G. W. Gage; G. H. Roberts, Esq.; Hon. J. Commisky; Hon. T. L. Talcott. Also, Governor Morton, of Indiana; Governor Brough, of Ohio; Governor Stone, of Iowa, together with their aids; Reporters for the press; L. A. Gobright, of Washington, and Cyrus R. Morgan, of Philadelphia, for the Associated Press; L. L. Crounz, New York Times; G. B. Woods, Boston Daily Advertiser; Dr. Adonis, Chicago Tribune.

When it was decided to remove the body of President Lincoln at once to Springfield, the War Department, to which the

whole arrangement of the obsequies was assigned, immediately made preparations to have it conveyed by a train which should go directly through; and all was arranged on the various roads to prevent any delay, and all connected with the transportation was placed under the care of General McCallum, whose practical knowledge would insure freedom from any error. According to the schedule adopted, the train was to

Leave Washington, Friday, April 21, 8 A. M.
Arrive at Baltimore, Friday, April 21, 10 A. M.
Leave Baltimore, Friday, April 21, 3 P. M.
Arrive at Harrisburg, Friday, April 21, 8.20 P. M.
Leave Harrisburg, Saturday, April 22, 12 M.
Arrive at Philadelphia, Saturday, April 22, 6.30 P. M.
Leave Philadelphia, Monday, April 24, 4 A. M.
Arrive at New York, Monday, April 24, 10 A. M.
Leave New York, Tuesday, April 25, 4 P. M.
Arrive at Albany, Tuesday, April 25, 11 P. M.
Leave Albany, Wednesday, April 26, 4 P. M.
Arrive at Buffalo, Thursday, April 27, 7 A. M.
Leave Buffalo, Thursday, April 27, 10.10 A. M.
Arrive at Cleveland, Friday, April 28, 7 A. M.
Leave Cleveland, Friday, April 28, midnight.
Arrive at Columbus, Saturday, April 29, 7.30 A. M.
Leave Columbus, Saturday, April 29, 8 P. M.
Arrive at Indianapolis, Sunday, April 30, 7 A. M.
Leave Indianapolis, Sunday, April 30, midnight.
Arrive at Chicago, Monday, May 1, 11 A. M.
Leave Chicago, Tuesday, May 2, 9.30 P. M.

Arrive at Springfield, Wednesday, May 3, 8 A. M.

This route differs from that taken by Mr. Lincoln on his way to Washington in 1861 only by omitting Cincinnati and Pittsburg, and by making a detour by way of Chicago instead of going direct from Indianapolis to Springfield. Of the escort that accompanied Mr. Lincoln from Springfield to Washington, but three left Washington with the remains-Judge David Davis, of Illinois, Major-General David Hunter, and Ward H. Lamon.

The car assigned for the transportation of the remains is said to be the first railroad structure of the kind in this country. It was built by Mr. Jameson, of Alexandria, for the United

States Military Railroad, and was designed for the special use of the late President and other dignitaries when travelling over the military roads. It contains a parlor, sitting-room, and sleeping apartment fitted up with excellent taste, and has all the modern improvements. Small panels are arranged around the top of the car, on which are painted the coats of arms of each state. The car is completely robed in black, the mourning outside being festooned in two rows above and below the windows, while each window has a strip of mourning connecting the upper with the lower row. The coffin containing the remains of President Lincoln was placed upon a bier covered with black cloth, in the rear of the car. Six other cars accompany the train, all new, belonging to the Baltimore and Ohio road, and are all draped with mourning.

The engine (238) which drew the train was also new, and made at the Mount Clare works. It was draped with mourning, all the glittering portions covered and its flags draped. The engineer was Mr. Thomas Becket. To guard against accidents, a pilot-engine, similarly draped, was provided.

The train moved slowly from the Washington depot at eight o'clock, the engine bell tolling, and the immense assemblage reverently uncovering their heads. The guard and several thousand soldiers stationed near formed a long line at a present arms in sign of respect till the train passed.

To prevent accidents, the rate of speed was limited. No stoppage was made between Washington and Baltimore. In out-of-the-way places, little villages, or single farm-houses, people came out to the side of the track and watched, with heads reverently uncovered and faces full of genuine sadness, the passage of the car bearing the ashes of him who loved the people and whom the people loved. Every five rods along the whole line were seen these mourning groups, some on foot and some in carriages, wearing badges of sorrow, and many evidently having come a long distance to pay this little tribute of respect, the only one in their power, to the memory of the murdered President. At Annapolis Junction, General Tyler and his staff, who were stationed at the Relay House, joined the cortège.

OBSEQUIES IN BALTIMORE.

Baltimore prepared to receive the honored remains of the Chief Magistrate with every mark of reverence. A procession was arranged to meet them at the Camden Station of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; and this point, in spite of the inclemency of the weather, became a centre to which, from early dawn, people of all ages, sexes, and colors began to hasten. By eight o'clock, every thoroughfare near it, except those occupied and kept clear by the troops, was so densely crowded as to prevent all passage.

Shortly before ten o'clock, a pilot engine entered the depot, announcing the funeral train of the illustrious dead but a few moments behind. On the platform were assembled Governor Bradford; Lieutenant-Governor Cox; the Governor's staff; General Berry and staff; Hon. Wm. B. Hill, Secretary of State; Hon. Robert Fowler, State Treasurer, with other of the officials of the State government; Mayor Chapman; the City Council of Baltimore, with the heads of the departments of the city government; Major-General Wallace, Brigadier-General Tyler, Commodore Dornin, and many other officers of the army and navy.

At ten o'clock, the car bearing the body and escort reached the depot in charge of General McCallum and John W. Garrett, Esq., and in a brief time the coffin was removed by the guard -sergeants of the Invalid Corps-and, with uncovered heads and saddened hearts, it was escorted through the depot buildings by the State and city authorities to the hearse or funeral car awaiting its reception on Camden-street.

The hearse, furnished by Mr. John Cox, East Baltimore, was almost entirely of plate-glass, which enabled the vast crowd on the line of the procession to have a full view of the coffin. The supports of the top were draped with black cloth and white silk, and the top of the car itself was handsomely decorated with black plumes.

The escort from Washington was followed by an imposing military array, which excited admiration by their precision and soldierly appearance. The entire column, under the command of Brigadier-General H. H. Lockwood, attended by his staff and

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