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Stone, Henry (fl. 1865) [Orders regarding the 100th United States Colored Infantry's observance of Abraham Lincoln's funeral]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04219.02 Author/Creator: Stone, Henry (fl. 1865) Place Written: Dickson, Tennessee Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 19 April 1865 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 30.5 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: The first part of this document relates official orders issued by Thomas S. Sexton, Acting Assistant Adjutant General, based on the orders of Colonel Charles R. Thompson. Provides guidelines regarding activity during Lincoln's funeral, including the suspension of work, displaying flags at half mast, and firing of guns at all ports in which artillery exists. James T. Essex (possibly an assistant adjutant general) issues a statement for Lieutenant Colonel Henry Stone on the bottom half of the page. Stone relates that he will not issue an official order regarding the observance of Lincoln's funeral, believing that "The Natural feeling of every soldier will dictate to him the most becoming way of commemorating the sad event ... Their best friend- the man who has done more than all others to raise them from Chattles to men- from slavery to freedom- has gone." Created in Smeedsville, the original name of Dickson, Tennessee.

Background Information:

People: Essex, James T., fl. 1865
Sexton, Thomas S., fl. 1865
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Stone, Henry, fl. 1865
Thomas, Charles R., fl. 1864-1865
Herold, David E., 1844-1865
Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865
Surratt, John H. (John Harrison)., 1844-1916
Ross, William Wallace, 1828-1889

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryAfrican American HistoryAfrican American TroopsUnion ForcesPresidentAssassinationsLincoln AssassinationDeathAmerican FlagEmancipation Proclamation

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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