"Procession Passing 5th Avenue Hotel".

Sub-collection: Lincoln

This print was originally on page 148 of 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 a view of the Lincoln funeral procession as it passed a 5th Avenue hotel in New York City.

The great funeral procession that escorted the slain president numbered fifty thousand men and was the largest that New York had then ever seen, extending for five miles it required almost four hours to pass any point. All business was suspended for the day, courts were adjourned and offices closed. The Governor of New York, the Mayor, city and state officials, distinguished men from different parts of the country, regiments of soldiery, marines, and blue jackets, civic organizations, societies, and foreign consuls, passed slowly along Fifth Avenue between lines of silent, bareheaded people and buildings decked in black to the tolling of bells, the solemn strains of dirges, and the dull booming of cannon fired at minute intervals. Tens of thousands of ordinary citizens also marched in the huge procession while hundreds of thousands more lined the streets and watched from nearby windows where standing space was rented for up to $100 per person.

So great was the demand for flags to display that flags printed with 37 stars in anticipation of statehood for Nebraska in 1866 were widely sold, even though they were not yet current. (See ZFC0988 for an example of such a flag.) The windows of most tall buildings along the route were occupied with onlookers; among them were two small children, six-year-old future president Theodore Roosevelt and his brother Elliott.

The procession made its way up Broadway to 14th Street. There at Union Square, it went west to Fifth Avenue, then north against on Fifth to 34th Street, where it turned west again on its way to the Hudson River Railway Depot. From here the remains would depart for Albany, the next stop of the Lincoln Funeral Train.
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