U.S. War Department Collection, 1865

Manuscript Collection #986

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: U.S. War Department Collection
    Creator: Nichols, William Augustus, 1818-1869
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Extent: 0.001 Cubic feet, 1 item , consisting of a general order
  • Description

    This collection consists of War Department General No. Order 69, signed by the Assistant Adjutant General, W.A. Nichols on April 17, 1865, giving instructions on how military posts would behave on the day of President Lincoln's funeral (April 19, 1865). It instructs a 21-gun salute to be held for the president at 12 o clock PM, all flags to be at half-mast for the day on all military posts and at the military academy, and the suspension of labor on the posts for the day.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States, was elected on November 6, 1860. He had married Mary Todd in 1842 and they had four sons. His election helped precipitate the start of the Civil War in 1861. The war is generally seen as ending on April 9, 1865, with the Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, but sporadic battles continued into May. On April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln was shot by Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, and he subsequently died.

    Source: https://www.civilwar.org/learn/biographies/abraham-lincoln

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    January 7, 2004, 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; War Department General Order No. 69 (17 April 1865) of the Secretary of War, closing the War Department the following Wednesday (April 19) for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln, issued from the Adjutant General's Office and signed by the Assistant Adjutant General W. A. Nichols. (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1865). Purchase by Joyner Library from Sompayrac

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase by Joyner Library from Sompayrac

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    U.S. War Department Collection (#986), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, March 17, 2008

    Processing completed by Leah Turner on April 19, 2018, and Martha Elmore July 18, 2018

Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

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