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Barry Cauchon
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« on: May 06, 2011, 07:57:46 AM »

Hi all: I came across a newspaper article (Pittsburgh Commercial from 22 April 1865) describing the events occurring in various cities visited by the Lincoln Funeral Train. The following was written regarding a private ceremony that took place in York Pennsylvania:

"At York, Pennsylvania, a delegation of ladies by special permission were allowed to place a wreath of roses on the coffin of the President. The wreath was in the form of a circle, about two feet in diameter, and in the center was a shield in which was wrought the beautiful flag of our country dotted with brilliant stars. The ladies were handed into the car by Brig. Gen Townsend, and then surrounding the coffin, the wreath was placed thereon by Miss Jane Latimer, Miss Louise Durhee and Miss Fulton. The accompanying ladies were Mrs. Samuel Samll, Mrs. David A. Scoall, Miss Susan Small, Mrs. D. Blair, and Mrs. Henry A Miles. During the ceremonies these noble women cried in sorrow from the fullness of their hearts."

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2011, 12:26:14 PM »

Hi Barry,

The York County (PA) Heritage Trust has files on all the women in addition to a York community leader, Aquilla Howard (listed as Negro
man) who placed a second wreath on the coffin.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2011, 02:46:53 PM »

Amazing how a little story like this became remembered for all time.
Thanks Rich.
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