The Civil War Connections Blog

two different farewells

On this day in 1861, much of the North paid tribute to the late Stephen A. Douglas. Some schools were closed as were government offices. In Washington, D.C. the White House was draped in black out of respect.

In Chambersburg, PA, the departure of the First Brigade of General Patterson’s Army was described by a correspondent thus: “Their appearance was excellent ; their marching of the best order; and their carriage such as to assure all who witnessed their movements- and they were thousands, for every available spot was occupied by our people — that they were perfectly able to endure the fatigues of a long march. This brigade, being the first, will lead off in the contest that is shortly to take place, and their movements are watched by an eager community with deep interest.”