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.
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.
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