APRIL 19, 1865

Abraham Lincoln’s long journey home began with a historic funeral procession from the White House to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Large crowds viewed the procession from sidewalks along the mile-and-a-half route. Spectators occupied windows, porticos, rooftops, and all elevated places along Pennsylvania Avenue. The procession, headed by a detachment of “colored troops” included President Andrew Johnson, senators, members of the House of Representatives, Lincoln’s two surviving sons, soldiers, and maimed veterans, among others. The late president’s body was placed in the Rotunda under the Capitol dome, where he would lie in state as a mournful nation paid its respects.