From the Richmond Enquirer, 5/12/1863, p. 1
ARRIVAL OF THE REMAINS OF GEN. THOMAS J. JACKSON. - The sun
arose on yesterday upon a mourning city, and as the telegraph sent the sorrowful
intelligence of the death of Jackson over the South, it beamed upon a nation to
whom its light, brilliantly and beautifully as it shone, became suddenly veiled
and opaque, shedding gloom instead of gladness, and starting tears instead of
happiness and joy. The morning press came forth with its columns shaded with
long dark lines of mourning; and the people, of one accord, thronged the streets
to give utterance with one another to the deep sorrow that enshrouded every
heart. It seemed as if every man felt himself an orphan, and the sad tone that
gushed from the popular soul dwelt upon the sense like the touching and dreamy
wail of the miserero. It would be impossible to measure the depth of love felt
by the people for the great and good man whom they were now come forth to mourn.
Many wept when they read the unhappy tidings; but all were proud that he died
for them, and their gratitude mingled with their grief, and his deeds, his
worth, his fame, and his fortitude were the themes of every tongue.
Announcement being made that the remains of the lamented
hero would arrive at twelve o'clock, the Fredericksburg depot was crowded long
previous to that hour, and the shaded avenues and slopes of the Capitol Square,
which is but a few rods distant, were thronged with ladies, who awaited
impatiently the coming of the train. Twelve o'clock, however, came, and no train
had yet arrived; the crowd became larger and the anxiety more intense. A
detachment of the Public Guard, Lieut. Gay, commanding, attended by the Armory
Band, arrived at the depot, and soon after followed the hearse. Not less than
five thousand persons could have united in this sympathetic demonstration, all
anxious to pay the tribute of their presence to the cold but sanctified clay of
the departed hero. The hours wore slowly on, and one, two, three and four
o'clock passed by.
A few minutes past four o'clock, the long expected train
appeared in sight, moving slowly down the street, and finally stopping at the
corner of Fourth. Thither the multitude pressed eagerly, and the signal of the
arrival being given, the bells of the churches and public buildings
commenced tolling. The 44th North Carolina Regiment, which had signalized
itself on many battle fields, was fitly chosen to unite with the Public Guard in
the escort, and moved to the scene from Capitol Square, whither it had been kept
in waiting - when the arrival of the train was communicated.
The streets, for some distance in the vicinity of the
train, were literally blocked up with people, and it was found necessary to
establish a guard to the passage way beside the cars to prevent confusion in the
labors of those whose immediate office it was to take charge of the body. After
a delay of a few minutes, the corpse, enclosed in a coffin, around which was
folded the Confederate flag, was removed from the car and deposited in a hearse
in waiting, appropriately draped, topped with sable plumes and drawn by two
white horses. The procession was then formed and proceeded down Broad street, in
the following order:
Major General Elzey and Staff, mounted.
Forty-Fourth N. C. Infantry, Col. Singletary commanding.
Col. Skinner, of the 1st Virginia Infantry, and Col. S. B. French, A. D. C. to
the Governor, mounted.
The Staff of Gen. Jackson.
Members of the City Council.
The procession moved to appropriate music from Broad to
Ninth streets, and from Ninth to the western entrance of Capitol Square. Here it
entered the Square, and proceeding down the broad avenue upon which stands the
Monument; stopped in front of the Governor's mansion. The hearse was then
brought forward to the portico, and the body removed into the mansion, the
escort and spectators standing with uncovered heads. The procession was then
Last night the body was properly embalmed, and will today
be laid in state in the Capitol, to which the public will have access until
To-morrow morning it will be removed, under escort, to the
Central cars, which will bear it to its last resting place, in the county of
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