Diary of Orrin Brown—April 19, 1865

Lady Liberty Mourns LincolnDiary of Orrin Brown, New Bern, North Carolina

Wednesday–Apr. 19th

We had a pretty heavy thunder storms in the night it lasted about two hours. We were all called out today and our names taken together with our Co. Regt. and Corps so we could get our discriptive Roll. We heard a few days ago that Johnson had surrendered and Jeff Davis was captured but that is proved to be untrue. I feel a little better today. We have had a very pleasant day with a gentle S. wind. We drew our cup of coffee and 1/2 loaf soft Bread again tonight. I read 4 Chapt. today.

The Library of Congress has an excellent online resource in their 2009 exhibition “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition”.  Lincoln’s Long Journey Home begins today, 19 April 1865.

Abraham Lincoln’s long journey home began with a historic funeral procession from the White House to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Large crowds viewed the procession from sidewalks along the mile-and-a-half route. Spectators occupied windows, porticos, rooftops, and all elevated places along Pennsylvania Avenue. The procession, headed by a detachment of “colored troops” included President Andrew Johnson, senators, members of the House of Representatives, Lincoln’s two surviving sons, soldiers, and maimed veterans, among others. The late president’s body was placed in the Rotunda under the Capitol dome, where he would lie in state as a mournful nation paid its respects.



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