• Rare Account Of President Abraham Lincoln's Funeral In Buffalo, New York

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    This letter originates from an archive of letters written by Daniel W. Marston, formerly a captain in the 16th Maine, to his wife regarding viewing Lincoln's body at the Buffalo funeral (April 27, 1865). Marston had been discharged in December 1864 due to war-time injuries. Letters with first-hand accounts of seeing Lincoln's funeral, and viewing the body are quite rare and desirable.

    4 pp,  5 x 8, signed "Husband" was written three days after the funeral, bold dark ink, very fine penmanship. Datelined Trenton (New York) Apr 30th 65.

    "Dr Wife, I arrived here on Friday night, found my friends very glad to see me, and I anticipate a pleasant time. I arrived at Albany just after the remains of the President had left, and learning they were to stop at Buffalo, took the first train for there, as I thought it might be interesting to witness the procession there. We arrived just as his remains were taken from the cars & witnessed the splendid reception of the group & the showy Hearse drawn by 6 white horses, handsomely decorated with black & the usual show of carriages & military bands of Marines & a great crowd of people. After viewing the remains in a hall, where it was placed on exhibition, I took the cars for the Niagara Falls & suspension bridge, where I arrived in due time, witnessing that mighty structure, & returning to the falls by first train, visiting all the wonders of our side of the River. Crossed over to the Island safe & return to Buffalo in time to see the procession leave for Cleveland, and I started 2 hours after, arriving at Cleveland in the morning, just after the procession. From there, I soon started for Cincinnati, arriving at Hamilton about 8 in the evening & took lodgings for the night at the Hamilton house. Next morning I proceeded to Trenton by rail, the nearest point to where my respected Uncle used to live, some 2 miles distant. A grandchild of his, a daughter & son (Johnny's) being there and learning a Cous[in] of his Mother was there, immediate set out for home & before I was aware he was back for me with a splendid horse & buggy, & soon was I a welcome guest of her house. She is a darling good woman and has a fine & kind husband with 3 children, 1 son like Daniel & two smaller girls. Soon after dinner Cous(in) Theodore appeared at the door with horse & buggy and I must go up to his house, where I found his wife & 4 daughters, all under 13. They are all good & just as kind and attentive as I could wish. I have not yet seen Lizzie or Kate, who are near. Kate is a widow & has 1 daughter who is married. Lizzie has no children. Sarah lives a little way off & is [in] rather poor health. The other 2 sisters live in Illinois. I have not been able to see or learn of Ashby's whereabouts, or Uncle Joe's home, but may soon. You will direct my letters to Trenton altt. I will get all that may come to Hamilton. I shall not attempt to describe the appearance of the country here, but it is surely all & more than I ever anticipated. Will say, however, that apple trees are in bloom, grass is almost knee high, & wheat is higher & everything seems growing luxuriantly and crops promise a plentiful harvest. You would be satisfied with farming here in this country. I will not attempt anything more this time. Husband
    Tell Lena & Perry to send their pictures for I will exhibit Lena's torn one til I get a better one. You had better have some of yours avail too. I think sitting."

    In excellent condition.

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