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Total Abstinence Society of New York, headed by their cadets. Branch No. 1, of the same society; Father Mathew Society, No. 2, of Brooklyn; Assumption Society, of Brooklyn, headed by cadets; Father Mathew Society, No. 2, of New York, with cadets; Father Mathew Society, No. 3, of Brooklyn, E. D., with cadets; Father Mathew Society, No. 3, of New York; Father Mathew Society, No. 5, cf Brooklyn; Father Mathew Society, No. 6, of Greenpoint, with cadets; Father Mathew Society, No. 4, of New York, with cadets; Father Mathew Society, No. 5, of New York, with cadets; Young Men's Father Mathew Total Abstinence Benevolent Society, of New York.


The New York Caulkers' Association numbered one thousand strong. In front they carried a handsome obelisk, elaborately draped in mourning, with a dial on either side, stopped at twentytwo minutes past seven, with suitable inscriptions.

'Longshoremen's Union Protective Association, No. 2. This organization was headed by their society banner, with inscriptions.

The New York and Brooklyn Sawyer's Associations, headed by a splendid banner draped in mourning, six hundred strong.

New York Steam Boiler Makers' Association, one thousand strong, headed by a magnificent banner, draped in the most elabo

rate manner.

Waiters' Protective Benevolent Association, which appeared in strong force.

The Cooper's Benevolent Society.


This division consisted entirely of various trades and societies. The American Protestant Association turned out in full numbers -three thousand.

The Workingmen's Union delegation from the different trades was very well represented. The total number of men was estimated at five thousand, the dry goods clerks alone being represented by over eight hundred. The house carpenters were also very well represented.

The New York Caledonian Club, numbering two hundred, presented a very fine appearance, the members all wearing black rosettes, with the badge of the association in the centre.

The Italian Society, Ceres Union, National Glee Club, Island, Rosedale Clubs, the Olympic, Friendly Sons and Knights of St. Patrick, followed.

The German Societies succeeded, taking their positions in the following order:

New York Sharpshooters, Captain Louis Geisler, forty men, in green uniform, and with badges of mourning.

The German Bakers (employers), about seven hundred men. These form two associations, of which Messrs. Jacob Eidt and John Dexheimer are the respective Presidents. They bore two banners, the United States flag and the bakers' banner, dressed in mourning. The New York Turn Verein, President Metzner, in a body, numbering four hundred men.

The Turner Tambour Corps, twenty men.

Turner Sharpshooters, forty men.

The Turner Zoeglings Verein, forty members.

Turner delegates from Bloomingdale, Brooklyn, New Brooklyn, East New York, Strattonport, Jersey City, and Hudson City, numbering in all about two hundred men. The Turners appeared in their Turner dress, and wore white linen coats. They bore in the procession flags and banners dressed in mourning.

The veterans of the Turner regiment, President Strippel, fifty men. They bore the old regimental colors and battle flag dressed in mourning.

The veterans of the Twenty-ninth regiment, President Rudolph Carl; forty men.

Blenker's veterans, President Rosenberg; thirty-six men.

Veterans of the Garibaldi regiment, President Adam Urner; one hundred and fifty men, who bore the old battle-flag.

Veterans of the Steuben (volunteer) regiment, President Carl Kapf; thirty-six men.

Then followed the Social Reform Societies, which includes the Cabinetmakers' Association, numbering at least one thousand men. About a dozen flags and banners, all dressed in mourning, were borne by them.

Then followed the Arbeiter Bund (Working Men's Union), three hundred men; the German Carvers, two hundred men; the German Cigarmakers' Association, President August Koch, four hundred and fifty men; Normandie Aid Society, fifty men.


Comprised Brooklyn Societies and Citizens, Colonel E .J. Fowler, Marshal.

War Fund Committee, composed of the most prominent citizens of Brooklyn, under command of J. S. Stranahan, Esq., assisted by

Messrs. A. A. Low, Luther B. Wyman, G. T. Pierrepont, E. Griffith, and Mr. Fiske.

King's County Medical Society, headed by Dr. Bennet.
Hose Company, No. 17, Samuel Bouton, Foreman.

Temperance Cadets, No. 1 and 2, each numbering one hundred and fifty boys, carrying a huge banner draped in deep mourning.

They were succeeded by the Father Mathew and St. Ann's Total Abstinence Benevolent Society; the 'Longshoremen of Brooklyn; St. James's Roman Catholic Benevolent Society; Shamrock Benevolent Society.

The line was closed by about 1000 Brooklyn citizens, preceded by a banner borne by six men, inscribed as follows:

CITIZENS OF THE FIFTH WARD OF BROOKLYN. The hand of the Assassin has entwined the name of Abraham Lincoln in a wreath of immortality."

Following the Eighth division were the colored population of New York, who, though deprived of an invitation to join the grand pageant, nevertheless, when informed of the action taken by the military authorities, were only too glad to pay the last sad tributes of respect to their great benefactor. Having formed in Reade street, they patiently awaited the arrival of the left of the Eighth division, and then joined in the pro cession, numbering at least two thousand persons. They were preceded by a banner bearing the following inscription:


On the reverse side of which were the following words:


All along the route, and particularly in Union Square, the colored people joining in the procession were vehemently applauded by the crowded assemblages.

This immense procession, almost every man wearing some emblem of mourning, pressed steadily on along the appointed route in solid lines, amid a multitude of spectators such as has seldom gathered together on earth. Every house and store was closed and draped in mourning. Inscriptions, pictures, monuments, attested the deep feeling of the people so suddenly and fiendishly deprived of its elected chief. The spectators numbered hundreds of thousands, the citizens of the great me

tropolis and the countless tides that had poured in by railway and steamboat. For hours they awaited the coming of the procession; and during the four hours its passage occupied, all was order and quiet: a feeling of sadness and bereavement had settled on all. The procession passed up Broadway to Fourteenth street, thence through Fifth Avenue to Thirtyfourth, and across that wide street to Ninth Avenue, whence it passed into the Hudson River Railroad depot

At three o'clock, the head having reached the depot, the column halted and formed in line facing to the west, to allow the funeral car and escort of mourners to pass. At half-past three the approach of the car bearing the honored remains of the mortal body of the sixteenth President of the United States was made known by solemn refrains of bands and the muffled roll of martial drums. As it passed fresh bands and other drums caught up the melancholy notes, regiments brought their arms to a present, officers saluted with their swords and colors draped in the badges of mourning dipped before the last of the mortal man who, as the head of the nation, devoted and sacrificed his life to that constitution which has given a deep significance to the colors of the American republic. During the passing of the car the silence of the crowd was doubly profound. Not a voice, not a whisper, not a sound was heard, save the tumultuous heaving of sorrowed hearts, often poured out in irrepressible tears, or deep inspirations of souls full of sadness, and prayers for the perpetuation oi the nation and the protection of the widow and orphan children of the deceased.

The funeral escort rounded Ninth Avenue into Twenty-ninth street in the following order:

Mounted troop, Eighth regiment, New York.

Superintendent Kennedy.

Inspectors Carpenter and Leonard.

Broadway Squad.

Grand Marshal and Aids.

Grafulla's Band.

Seventh regiment.

General Dix and Guard of Honor, mounted.



Naval officers.


The Mayor and Governor Fenton.

Carriages containing foreign representatives.

Color guard, Irish brigade.
General Dix's bodyguard.


A stair case, with a top made so as to rest on the side of the catafalque, and reaching from the street, was then raised in position; the sergeants of the Invalid corps ascended it, and, raising the coffin, descended with their burden to the sidewalk. At this moment the guard presented arms and all the spectators uncovered. The hearse-bearers, preceded by General Dix, then marched through the entrance into the depot, where they were met by the guard of honor who escorted the remains from Washington.

The word was given, and the parties who were to accompany the remains entered the cars assigned to them. At four o'clock precisely the pilot engine steamed out of the depot, and two minutes after, to the sound of a funeral dirge, the funeral train departed; and thus New York paid the last homage of respect to all that was mortal of Abraham Lincoln.


Meanwhile the appointed services began at Union square. The platform erected for the ceremonies was placed just opposite the Maison Dorée. Round the platform a reverent mass of people were congregated, filling up the square in front and for a considerable distance on either side. The mourning decorations of the platform were very appropriate. In front, before the stand of the orator of the evening, the circular railing was lowered, a small bench draped with black being provided for the occasion. On either side of this central space were the American flags, drawn close to the staff and heavily draped in black. On the left side was a broken pillar, festooned in mourning, on either side of which were marble figures of Hope and Justice.

Shortly after five o'clock the gentlemen of the committee entrusted with the closing ceremonies came upon the stand. Almost immediately afterwards,

Ex-Governor King opened the proceedings by introducing the Rev. Dr. Tyng, who offered up an appropriate prayer.

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