From the Richmond Daily Dispatch,
Wednesday, 5/13/1863, page 1.
PROCESSION IN HONOR OF LIEUT. GEN. THOS. J. JACKSON.
funeral procession which yesterday took place in token of regard for the
lamented Jackson afforded the best evidence of the high estimation in which the
deceased was held by the country which is now called to mourn over his death.
On Monday night the
remains of the lamented chieftain were embalmed, and about 11 o’clock,
yesterday, in pursuance of public announcement, were taken from the mansion of
the Governor, through several of the main thoroughfares of the city, to the
Capitol, where they were laid in state, and were viewed for the last time by his
many friends and admirers. Long before the appointed hour for the procession to
move a dense crowd had congregated on the Square to pay the last sad tribute of
respect to one whom all delighted to honor. The solemn tolling of the bells and
the firing of minute guns gave notice that the ceremonies were about to
commence, and at 11 o’clock, in obedience to an order of Major General Elzey,
the body, which had been placed in a metallic burial-case, was removed from the
reception room of the Governor’s mansion and placed in a hearse in attendance.
The procession then took up the line of march down Governor street in the
Military escort, composed of part of Gen. Pickett’s division.
These were followed by
a large number of military and civil dignitaries, mounted and on foot. The rout
of the procession was down Governor street to Main, up Main to Second, up Second
to Grace, and down Grace to the West gate of the Capitol Square, where all
entered except the military escort, which filed up 9th street.
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:
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
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
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