|Lincoln Funeral Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, April 19, 1965|
The funeral of Abraham Lincoln was held shortly after noon on Wednesday, April 19, 1865 in the White House, Washington, D.C.
About 600 guests entered through the crepe-covered South Portico and the Green Room and into the candle-lit East Room. There was a cross of lilies near Mr. Lincoln's head; General Ulysses S. Grant was seated on this side.
Every window, housetop, balcony and every inch of the sidewalks on either side was densely crowded with a mournful throng to pay homage to departed worth. Despite the enormous crowd the silence was profound. It seemed akin to death it commemorated. If any conversation was indulged in, it was in suppressed tones, and only audible to the one spoken to. A solemn sadness reigned everywhere. Presently the monotonous thump of the funeral drum sounded in the street, and the military escort of the funeral car began to march past with solemn tread, muffled drum and arms reversed.
The next day, the President's casket lay in state at the Capitol, and another 25,000 paid their last respects.