From the Richmond Dispatch, Tuesday, 5/12/1863 , p. 1



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.


About 11 o’clock on Sunday it became known to his attending physician that there was no hope for Gen. Jackson’s life. The General was informed of the fact, and was offered stimulants to prolong his existence. - These he refused to take, and a short time after his mind commenced to wander. Among his last words was a reference to his men. He said, speaking of his Commissary: “Tell Maj. Hawkes to send forward provisions to the men.”

About 1 o’clock his wife entered the room, and took the last farewell which he bid on this earth, and at 15 minutes past 3 o’clock his spirit ascended to its Giver.


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 3˝ 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.


The letter written by Gen. Lee to General Jackson before the death of the latter, is as follows:


General - I have just received your note informing me that you were wounded. I cannot express my regret at the occurrence. Could I have dictated events, I should have chosen for the good of the country to have been disabled in your stead.

I congratulate you upon the victory which is due to your skill and energy.

Most truly yours,
            R. E. LEE

To Gen’l T. J. Jackson


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.

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