"Arrival of the Remains at Desbrosses St. Ferry.

Sub-collection: Lincoln

"Arrival of the Remains at Desbrosses Street Ferry" Print - Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln, NYC.
New York City observed two days of mourning for Abraham Lincoln on 24 & 25 April 1865.
This print was originally on page 122 of the Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln in the City of New York, published in 1866 by the Common Council of the City of New York. It is believed to be a stylized depiction of the 24th of April Manhattan arrival of the coffin carrying the body of the slain president.

The print portrays the events of the morning of the 24th, when Lincoln's coffin was taken across the Hudson River by ferry. Aboard was a delegation of New York City officials, including Mayor C. Godfry Gunther. As the funeral ferry Jersey City slowly crossed the Hudson River, guns sounded, ships' bells tolled and flags flew at half-mast. Ships and boats displayed black mourning crepe and muslin. The ferry docked at the Desbrosses Street Ferry. The arrival of the martyred President's body in New York City was met with profound respect; greeted by an honor guard of New York City's most prominent regiment, the 7th New York Volunteer Infantry, wearing the same cadet grey uniforms they wore when they answered Lincoln's 1861 call for volunteers.

Depicted in the foreground, as streetcar and stagecoach traffic stop, the funeral cortege and hearse is about to depart. Led by former Senator and Secretary of the Treasury, Major General John A. Dix, the solemn procession begins to proceed to the City Hall through the densely crowded streets, amidst an impressive display of public and private grief.
The Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln, in the City of New York, the volume from which this print derives, was a printed record of the city's Lincoln funeral services and eulogies published in bound volumes for distribution by the Common Council of New York to libraries, schools and other institutions. The volume's release was opposed and vetoed by the Democratic Mayor of New York City, C. Godfry Gunther, who was, in turn, overridden by the New York Board of Aldermen and Councilmen.

Provenance: Acquired at auction 1996.

ZFC Important Flag


Valentine, David T., Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln, in the City of New York, New York Edmund Jones & Co., 1866.
Kunhardt, Dorothy, & Philip B. Kunhardt Jr., Twenty Days, Castle Books, Secaucus, 1977

Lincoln's Funeral in New York, The Abraham Lincoln Blog, 13 December 2011, from: http://abrahamlincolnblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/lincolns-funeral-in-new-york.html

The Funeral Train, Mr. Lincoln and New York, 13 December 2011, from:

Chapter Six, Mayor Gunther presided at Lincoln Obsequies but Vetoed Their Publication, Correction History, 13 December 2011, from: http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/gunther/gunther06.html

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 6.5
Length of Fly 8.5


Is it framed? no


Are there stars on obverse? no
Are there stars on reverse? no


Has a Blood Stripe? no


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Good
Damage used, foxed
Displayable yes


Date 1865