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Funeral Pagent and Ceremonies for Stonewall Jackson

Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by Bonny Blue Flag, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Bonny Blue Flag

    Bonny Blue Flag 1st Lieutenant

    Jun 21, 2008
    Irving, Texas
    From the Richmond Dispatch, Tuesday, 5/12/1863

    There will be a procession formed this morning at 10 o’clock precisely from the mansion of the Governor, to proceed down Governor st. to Main, thence up Main to Second, thence along Second to Grace, thence by the west gate of the Capitol Square to the Capitol, where the body will be deposited in State, in the Hall the Hall of Congress.
    The procession will be under the charge of Gen. George W. Randolph, as Chief Marshal, with such number of assistants as he may select.
    The order of procession will be as follows:
    Military escort, composed of such force of the Confederate Government as may be detailed for the purpose;
    The Public Guard;
    The Hearse;
    Pall Bearers, composed of six Major or Brigadier Generals, who are requested to attend and officiate as such;
    The family and personal friends of the deceased;
    Any portion of the old “Stonewall Brigade,” wounded or other, who may be able to attend;
    Officers of the Army and Navy not in command at present;
    The President and Vice-President of the Confederacy;
    The Heads of Departments of the Confederate Government and their clerks. - Each Department will be organized by its head, or such officer as he may select for the purpose;
    The Judiciary and District-Attorney, and attachees of the Judiciary Department;
    The Governor and his aids;
    The Secretary of the Commonwealth, Attorney General, Auditor of Public Accounts, Treasurer, Second Auditor, Register of the Land Office, and their Clerks;
    The Court of Appeals and Judges of Circuit Courts;
    The Board of Public Works and its Clerk;
    The Adjutant General and his Clerks; Inspector-General, Quartermaster-General, Paymaster-General, and Ordnance Departments of the State Government ad their Clerks;
    The Mayor of the City;
    Members of the City Council and its Officers;
    Court of Hustings, Sergeant, Sheriff, and their Officers;
    All Benevolent Societies who may wish to join the procession;
    Citizens and strangers.
    The Governor requests that the arrangement above indicated will be preserved, and that the procession be promptly formed.
    By order of the Governor.
    Secretary of the Commonwealth.



    Last evening Gen. Jackson’s remains were received in this city at 4 o’clock , from Guinea ’s Depot, in Caroline co. The announcement that they would arrive at 12 o’clock caused an entire suspension of all business in the city, and a turn out at the depot of nearly all the inhabitants of the city, who were anxious to pay the last tribute of respect to the departed chieftain. When it was known that the body would not reach the city before 4 o’clock , the immense crowd slowly dispersed, but assembled again at the last hour indicated in even greater force than before. The tolling of the different bells gave the signal that the cars were slowly wending their way down Broad street , when preparations were made for the reception of the body by an appropriate disposition of the military.

    The train was stopped at the corner of 4th and Broad streets, and after a short delay the coffin containing the body was removed to the hearse in attendance. It was enveloped in the flag of the Confederacy. On the flag was placed wreaths of evergreen and rare flowers. A few minutes before 5 o’clock Gen. Elzey gave the command, and the procession started, marching in the following order:
    Gen. Elzey and Staff, mounted; the Public Guard, Lieut. Gay, commanding; the 44th N. C. Regiment, Pettigrew’s brigade, Col. Singletary commanding; the Armory Band, playing a funeral dirge; Col. Frank Skinner, 1st Va. regiment, and some of the Governor’s Aids; the hearse containing the body, surmounted by raven plumes, and drawn by two white horses; the Staff of Gen. Jackson, including Major Pendleton, Adjutant General; Major W. I. Hawks, Chief Commissary of the Corps; Major D. B. Bridgford, Chief Provost; Capt. Douglas, Lieut. Smith, Aide-de-Camp; Dr. McGuire, Surgeon, and others; the members of the City Council, two abreast, and lastly, an immense host of citizens and strangers.

    The procession thus formed, (the military with reversed arms,) marched slowly to the corner of 9th street, and turned towards Main, entering the Capitol Square by the gate on Grace street. The military having formed a line extending across the Square past Washington ’s monument, the body was slowly conveyed down the line to the Governor’s mansion, and carried into the large reception room. The bells were tolled till sundown, till which time hundreds of people remained on the Square. We have never before seen such an exhibition of heartfelt and general sorrow in reference to any other event whatever as has been evinced by all since the announcement of the death of Stonewall Jackson.
    The body was embalmed, and to day the remains will lie in state in the Capitol.



    The following is Gen. Lee’s order to the army after the intelligence of Gen. Jackson’s death:
    May 11, 1863 .
    General Orders, No. 61.
    With deep grief the commanding General announces to the army the death of Lieut.-General T. J. Jackson, who expired on the 10th inst., at 3½ P. M. The daring, skill, and energy of this great and good soldier, by the decree of an all-wise Providence , are now lost to us. But while we mourn his death, we feel that his spirit still lives, and will inspire the whole army with his indomitable courage and unshaken confidence in God as our hope and our strength. Let his name be a watchword to his corps, who have followed him to victory on so many fields. Let officers and soldiers emulate his invincible determination to do everything in the defence of our beloved country.

    R.E. Lee, General


    On arriving at the Capitol the coffin containing the remains of the lamented hero, borne by the bearers, was conveyed to the large hall in the Southern end of the building, and the doors thrown open to afford an opportunity to the eager crowd to look upon the features of one whose death they regarded as a great national calamity. Good order was observed, and the dense crowd slowly made its way through the rotunda into the large hall where the coffin laid, and as they passed gazed for the last time upon all that is mortal of the gallant dead.

    Many of the ladies, as they passed, shed tears over the remains, and, in token of their deep regard for the memory of the noble chieftain, pressed their lips upon the lid of his coffin. Witnessing the deep feeling of sorrow manifested by these fair daughters of Virginia, an elderly and respectable-looking gentleman addressed them in tones of condolence, as follows: “Weep not; all is for the best. Though Jackson has been taken from the head of his corps, his spirit is now pleading our cause at the bar of God.”
    For hours after the coffin had been placed in the large hall thousands continued to crowd in and around the Capitol, awaiting their turn for a last look at the features fixed in death. – The coffin which contained the remains of the deceased was a metallic one, with glass door over the face. On the coffin was a silver plate, upon which was engraved the simple inscription:
    “Lieutenant-General T. J. Jackson. Born January 21st, 1824; died May 10, 1863.” All the incidents connected with these interesting, but melancholy ceremonies, were marked by a deep feeling of sorrow. Eyes unused to weep were suffused with tears, and the great popular heart pulsated with emotions of grief too deep for utterance.

    It is understood that the remains of the deceased will this morning be conveyed from the Capitol of Virginia to his late home, Lexington, Rockbridge county, where they will be interred.

    The Richmond Daily Dispatch, Wednesday, 5/13/1863, page 1.

    Burial Place of Gen. Jackson.

    It is to be regretted that the remains of Gen. Jackson could not be interred near those of Monroe, in Hollywood, that beautiful spot, so near the theatre of his glory, where every breeze wafts his renown, and the murmuring waters, as they roll solemnly by, seem to attune themselves to sweet yet mournful melodies of the grave. But, in accordance with a desire said to have been expressed in his will, the body of the fallen hero will be removed to Lexington.

    This was his place of residence before the war; and there, for years a subordinate professor in the Military Institute, he lived and labored, unknown to the world, and perhaps even to himself, till called forth by Providence to play a part in the affairs of mankind which has borne his name to the remotest corners of the earth, and to achieve a fame that will be grand and enduring as the eternal mountains at whose feet he was cradled; whose long shadows, like those of some majestic cathedral, will consecrate his grave, and whose loftiest pinnacles will derive new sublimity from their association with the name of JACKSON.

    From the Richmond Dispatch, Thursday, 5/14/1863, p. 1

    The Remains of Gen. Jackson. – The remains of Lieut.-Gen. Thos. J. Jackson were removed at an early hour yesterday morning from the Hall of Congress, in the Capitol, and carried to the Governor’s mansion, whence they were taken at 7 o’clock to the depot of the Virginia Central Railroad, to be transported to the late home of deceased – Lexington, Rockbridge county, Va. They were to be carried from this city to Gordonsville, thence to Lynchburg, and from there would be taken direct to Lexington. The Public Guard acted as funeral escort from the Executive mansion to the cars. The widow and child of the deceased, her brother, the members of the General’s staff, Governor Letcher and a number of others, accompanied the remains to their last resting place.


    From the Richmond Sentinel, 6/27/1863, p. 1, c. 2
    When Gen. JACKSON was wounded, his cap and the gloves which he wore, were left on the field where his injuries were first examined. They were there found by a soldier of company G, 38th North Carolina regiment, PENDER’S brigade. His name is WM. D. H. COVINGTON, and he is now in Chimborazo Hospital. Mr. COVINGTON carefully preserved the interesting articles, and though offered large sums for them by those who wished to possess these momentoes of our great General, he was fixed in his purpose of delivering them to his family. Through the aid of his Surgeon, Dr. BOWEN, he has found the opportunity of sending the gloves. The cap is with Gen. PENDER.

    We have seen the gloves. “T. J. JACKSON, Virginia,” is printed neatly on the wrist of each. The course of the fatal ball that wounded the wearer, is seen on both. – The right-hand glove is cut by the ball just about the base of the thumb, but so near the edge as apparently just to have grazed the flesh. The left-hand glove was perforated on the wrist, near the top of the glove. The stain of the blood which flowed from the wound is still upon the glove. The ball, after entering the wrist, ran up the arm, rendering necessary its amputation above the elbow.

    Mr. COVINGTON’S nice feelings and sense of honor in reference to these relics are much to be commended. Such a soldier is worthy to have such a General as JACKSON was.

    - www.mdgorman.com/Events/stonewall_jackson_funeral.htm

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  3. JReid

    JReid Cadet

    Jul 31, 2011
    Thank you for posting. Very interesting.

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