Funeral March Dedicated to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln . . . Played at the Obsequies of the Late President of the United States By the U. S. Marine Band (Inside title: March Funebre)

New York: Wm A. Pond, 1865. Unbound. 6 pages including the cover. Light wear and toning; two small ghosts at top margin of cover. Very good. Item #008663

On April 15, 1865, after President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, his body was carried by an honor guard to the White House. There he lay in state in the East Room, and the public was allowed to visit on the 17th. A funeral service was held on the 18th, after which the coffin was transported in an official procession that was watched by thousands of citizens down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol where a ceremonial burial service was held.

This is the official music of President Lincoln's Washington, D.C. funeral procession. It was played by the U.S. Marine band, which was positioned near the front of the procession. The piece was composed by U.S. Army Brevet Major General Barnard, who had served as the Chief Engineer of the Defenses of Washington and later as the Chief Engineer of the Armies in the Field. Barnard also served as a member of the funeral Honor Guard.

Exceptionally scarce. Not listed in Monaghan. As of 2018, two copies are listed by OCLC (the Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Lincoln Financial Foundation Museum) plus one copy at the Library of Congress and one at Brown University; no auction sales on record at ABPC or the Rare Book Hub.

Price: $2,500.00