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Stanton, Edwin McMasters (1814-1869) General orders no. 66

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04528 Author/Creator: Stanton, Edwin McMasters (1814-1869) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Manuscript document Date: 16 April 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Secretary of War Stanton announces the death of President Lincoln to the armies. States that "headquarters of every department, post, station, fort, and arsenal will be draped in mourning for thirty days." Also, funeral honors will take place at every military post and at West Point. W.A. Nichols announces that troops and cadets of West Point and all military posts will be paraded at 10 o/clock a.m. Also commands that flags be displayed at half-staff, thirteen guns be fired at dawn, and that officers of the armies of the U.S. wear a badge of mourning. Officers' command and regiment colors will be put in mourning for six months.

People: Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869.
Nichols, W.A., fl. 185-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, President Death, Lincoln Assassination, Assassinations, Government and Civics, West Point (US Military Academy)

Sub Era: The American Civil War