Life in Richmond 1861-65
FUNERAL OBSEQUIES OF EX-PRESIDENT TYLER
From the Richmond Whig, 1/22/1862, page 3, column 3
FUNERAL OBSEQUIES OF EX-PRESIDENT TYLER. - The funeral obsequies of the late Hon. John Tyler took place yesterday. The weather was exceedingly unfavorable, a light rain falling nearly the whole time, rendering the atmosphere very damp and chilly. The ground was saturated, and the unpaved streets ankle deep with mud. - At 12 o’clock, the Public Guard, Lieut. Gay commanding, marched from their quarters to the Capitol, to act as a military escort. The body was then brought from the Hall of Congress, where it had lain since Sunday afternoon, and carried to the hearse, standing in front of the steps leading to the western entrance of the Capitol. Four white horses were attached to the hearse, with a colored groom to each horse. The military, with arms reversed, then marched off, the Armory Band playing a mournful dirge. Next came the hearse, and the pall-bearers, followed, in the order of the programme, by the committees of arrangements, the President and members of the Cabinet, Governor and Secretary of the Commonwealth, members of Congress and General Assembly, officers of the army and citizens. The procession marched to St. Paul’s Church, where the funeral sermon was delivered by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Johns. At the close of these services, the body was conveyed to its last resting place at Hollywood Cemetery, followed by a large cortege of public dignitaries and others, in carriages and other vehicles, the condition of the streets and roads, and the remoteness of the Cemetery, forbidding a procession on foot. Had the weather been more propitious, the attendance at the funeral would have been much larger. As it was, a considerable number of persons assembled in the Square and near the church, to view or participate in the mournful proceedings. The remains of the lamented statesman were buried near the tomb of James Monroe, which occupies one of the most commanding sites in the Cemetery.
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