History Tip of the Day – August 17th

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, April 19th, 1865

Six hundred mourners were ushered into the East Room of the White House. Its walls were decorated in black, the mirrors all covered, and the room lit by candles. General Ulysses S. Grant sat alone nearest his dear departed friend, next to a cross of lilies. He wept. Mary Lincoln is still so distraught that she will spend the next six weeks sobbing alone in her bedroom. Immediately after the funeral, Lincoln’s body is escorted by a military guard through the streets of Washington. One hundred thousand mourners line the route to the Capitol, where the body is put on view.